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Bark

Stories

Moore, Lorrie

(eBook - 2014)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Bark
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A collection of eight short stories includes "Debarking," in which a recently divorced man struggles to hold himself together as the United States prepares to invade Iraq; and "Foes," in which a political argument at a Georgetown fundraiser goes awry.
Publisher: New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385351713
Branch Call Number: OverDrive downloadable ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Moore, Lorrie (Debarking)
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Nov 29, 2014
  • kelliyfults rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

as biting with humor as A.M. Homes. I cringed and smiled while admiring Lorrie Moore's ability to expose human nature... devoured in one sitting!

Jun 20, 2014
  • rowanquincy rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

What a dreary book! I only made it halfway through before I gave up on it and this author.

May 04, 2014
  • okbookgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant stories by one our best contemporary writers. These contain humour and heartbreak in equal measure. Moore writes of lives that are sometimes dismaying and sometimes heartening, often within minutes. Moore is both a keen observer and a master storyteller.

"Though the characters in the eight short stories in this collection may be struggling through troubled lives -- whether dealing with divorce or failed careers or mental illness -- they do so with humour, intelligence, and a robust sense of irony. Their situations are realistic and perceptively depicted, sometimes uncomfortably so. The stories vary in length; some are set around distinct political events in the recent past (the invasion of Iraq, President Obama's election), but through them all author Lorrie Moore "brilliantly observes the dead-on sorrow and hilarity of our day-to-day" (MORE magazine)." Fiction A to Z April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/dfef437d-ef88-41c9-a7e1-229a907a8f88?postId=8ed16493-2fe1-4059-b706-6d0ff80212e7

Apr 09, 2014
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although Lorrie Moore fans will have likely already encountered many of the eight stories that comprise her latest collection (four appeared in "The New Yorker"), familiarity does not, in Moore's case, breed contempt. Her opening story, "Debarking," (first published in 2003) for example, in which the newly divorced Ira begins a relationship with a quasi-insane pediatrician, Zora, as U.S. troops muster to invade Iraq, collides past with present. Time has added a layer of dramatic irony to a masterpiece of a story, creating a devastating feeling in the heart of the reader.

"Debarking" shines as the collection's hit: linguistic wit and slapstick comedy couple with sad moments of solitude in the face of war and culminate in a shockingly perfect ending. But each story in "Bark" recommends itself. The longest of the bunch, “Wings,” depicts the uneven relationship between KC and Dench and invites readers to ponder the dangers of co-dependence, the nature of time and the worth of marriage's daily absurdities. In "Referential," the collection's dark horse, a mother and her ex-boyfriend, Pete, visit her institutionalized, suicidal son on his 16th birthday. The story does not impress or satisfy as instantly as the others but it may leave the biggest impression, haunting the reader long after its end.

A deftly wrought variety of stories that collude hilarity and heartbreak.

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Mar 29, 2014
  • vickiz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

... the high branches nuzzling in the late March breeze, speaking tree to tree of the thrilling weather.

Mar 29, 2014
  • vickiz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Why March? How about a month named Skip? That could work.

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