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Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collections Birds of America and Self-Help, and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.


Sharply rendered, the slightly wistful tone of these eight stories reflects their color: gray, yet less autumnal than springlike, with an attendant edge of hope coloring the best of them. ``The Jewish Hunter'' stands out as a portrait of possibilities: of love, of relationship, of selfhood. In fact, Moore dances around the edges of broken relationships with a delicacy that expresses both despair, acceptance, and a fledging resilience to try again. The title story and ``Vissi d'Arte'' are excellent examples of Moore's subtle insight. These are stories that bear rereading. Recommended.-- Linda L. Rome, Mentor, Ohio

Nobody is having a good time in Moore's ( Self-Help ) wondrously witty second collection of short stories. Her characters may live above the urban rot but fumes rise from the gutter and out of the drain pipes. The problem: there is no passion in Moore's world of ``like lives'' (as opposed to love lives), where romantic partings are all too common, children get misplaced, ``Dear John'' messages are habitually left on phone machines, and marriages endure mainly because discontented wives cannot find affordable apartments of their own. Millie, 51 and hopelessly maternal, in ``Places to Look for Your Mind,'' is a whiz at recycling leftovers, but not at finding a meaningful use of her time and talents. In ``Two Boys'' Mary escapes the demands of her difficult boyfriends (one ``claimed to be separating'' from his wife, the other ``sweated all over her'') by visiting the park, dressed in white--only to be spat on by an 11-year-old wearing green lipstick. In ``You're Ugly, Too'' Zoe flees the results of an ominous sonogram to dress up for a high-rise Halloween party. With gallows humor and unfailing understanding, Moore evokes her characters' quiet desperation and valiant searches for significance. (Apr.)

"A brilliant collection. . . . The funny and the tragic dovetail with precision and poignancy." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Hilarious and generous and true. Moore's work continues to astound." -Newsday

"Insightful and moving . . . A rewarding, even exhilarating book." -The New York Times Book Review

"There's no other writer quite like Lorrie Moore. . . . Startling and wonderful." -The Plain Dealer

"Affecting and beautifully written. . . . Her keenly detailed language and unfailing generosity of spirit are irresistible." -San Francisco Chronicle

"Lorrie Moore is a dazzler." -Chicago Tribune

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