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A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore.. Starting with a surreal speculation on where all the songbirds have gone to die and leading you down the path from this quirky opening gambit into the deepest territory a novel can embrace, Moore tackles questions of love and loneliness, haunted by 9/11.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Moore has performed a brilliant feat. She has retained the shining, fluid, and, yes, funny surface of her earlier work. But she has also given us a narrator who attempts to peer through the shimmering veil of language to the truth behind.."

Slate

"Will it be great? Will Moore prove that she is not synonymous with less? Hell yes! It is and she does. She's on fire for 300 pages!."

The Guardian, UK

Author bio: Marie Lorena Moore was born in Glens Falls, New York, and nicknamed "Lorrie" by her parents. She attended St. Lawrence University. At 19, she won Seventeen magazine's fiction contest. After graduating from St. Lawrence, she moved to Manhattan and worked as a paralegal for two years. In 1980, Moore enrolled in Cornell University's M.F.A. program, where she was taught by Alison Lurie. Upon graduation from Cornell, Moore was encouraged by a teacher to contact agent Melanie Jackson. Jackson sold her collection, Self-Help, composed almost entirely of stories from her master's thesis, to Knopf in 1983. Moore was 26 years old. More information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorrie_Moore

Book Details: General Fiction; 322 pp. Pageturner: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions

Publisher Website: http://knopf.knopfdoubleday.com/2009/09/03/a-gate-at-the-stairs-by-lorrie-moore/

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