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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, March 2014: Here’s a reason Lorrie Moore is so beloved by her baby boomer brethren: she’s smart, she’s funny, her eye is even sharper than her tongue. In Bark, her latest collection of stories, all those qualities are well on display. “He had never been involved with the mentally ill before,” she writes of her mid-life anti-hero in the (sort-of) title story, "Debarking." "[B]ut he now felt more than ever that there should be strong international laws against them being too good looking.” Acerbic? Check. Knowing? Check. Says out loud on the page what we less talented, less observant mere mortals wish we could form so well in thought? Check. Check. Check. The only reason not to read these seven stories is that, perhaps, they’re just too accurate and perceptive about the way we live now--but then, why would you ever want to read stories that were anything else? --Sara Nelson
It felt like Ms. Moore was trying too hard and the stories just did not flow.
The writer is witty and deep and funny and the narrow landscape of the human condition she writes about is well served by her abilities.
I've been a fan with Lorrie Moore since I picked up her first short story collection in the 90s.
Read It: Do you like short stories? Specifically in collections? If the answer is, “Why, yes. Yes I do,” then read Lorrie Moore’s Bark. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jillian Igarashi
Nothing Special here! Save your money and get it from the library.
BTW I really enjoyed another book of short stories considered by Amazon Editors to be the Best Short Stories... Read more
I love Lorrie Moore. She is one of the very few writers whose short stories I purchase. These stories are wonderful as usual.Published 14 days ago by Sherry L. Register
For me these stories each had an unpleasant quality which prevented me from passing the book on to someone else.Published 27 days ago by Diana Forbes
Lorrie Moore is an amazing writer. Her stories are so well thought out, so engaging.Published 29 days ago by D. Farrow
Moore, as usual, provides a hodge-podge of grand and clumsy works in her short story collection, Bark. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Davey Jones
I found most of the stories to be sad and dark. Perhaps the fact I'm reading them at Christmas has some effect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janice L. Shreve