Moore, praised for her short story collection Self-Help, makes her debut as a novelist with this story about what may be the disintegration of the thoroughly modern protagonist's personality. PW called Anagrams "original and highly inventive."
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Who exactly is Benna, the 33-year-old poetry teacher (or singer? or aerobics instructor?) we meet in this inventive novel? It is hard to say. She hidesfrom us, from herselfbehind imaginary identities, relationships, and scenarios in which elements of character and action are transposed like the letters of those anagrams she scribbles on napkins. Her fantasies are offered as straight narrative along with a stream of wisecracks ("All the world's a stage we're going through"). For deep down, Benna is terrified of the contingencies of reality ("One gust of wind and Santa became Satan"), longs for the very continuity she mocks. This won't be everyone's cup of tea. Still, the virtuosity of Moore's widely praised Self-Help ( LJ 3/15/85) is once again evident, and when she fleetingly reveals the vulnerability beneath the sleight of hand, it is very affecting. Elise Chase, Forbes Lib., Northampton, Mass.
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I thought the story and the idea was fascinating. I was initally confused, but once I 'caught on' , I thought it was well done! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pm Ford
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This is a devastating book more than it is hilarious. Don't let that quote from the New York Times on the cover fool you. Read more
Lorrie Moore will be our next Nobel Laureate. When I finished reading "Anagrams" (on my Kindle) I immediately reread it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Curt Swarm
I enjoyed this book of short stories. The writer is swift, clever and intelligent. I would recommend this book to anyone.Published 15 months ago by Anthony W. Dopke
Just a bad book.
Spoiler alert: Awful main character who apparently imagines a child after an abortion or some such and then proceeds to hate on students at a junior... Read more
funny, as Moore often is but the way the story unfolds leaves doubts about the character--which is the real one. You end up not quite sure you know them. Not Moore's best.Published 24 months ago by Claudine Carroll
Lorrie Moore's strange little book about a trio of strangely unsympathetic midwest middle-aged vagabonds. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Surferofromantica