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Birds of America: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Paperback – January 12, 2010
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So Lorrie Moore's sense of humor is not as instantly gratifying as Sedaris's - she doesn't write centered around mere punchlines. Instead, she creates characters that are multi layered and breathing with life, sometimes over the course of only a few pages or even paragraphs, and even the comical moments therein are often subtle and melancholic. The moments she describes are so brilliantly captured and the confusion of characters so charming and relatable, so human and at once heartbreaking - I never know whether to respond in laughter, or tears.
This book is honestly one of my most cherished treasures.
What's so special about Moore? For one, she writes with an unusual mix of wry humor and deeply-rooted emotion. Because the surface of her stories shimmer with laughs, the true meaning of the story can sneak up on readers, and when it hits, it does so with pure force. Her language is exact and unadorned, leading the reader precisely where Moore intends. Her ability to nail cultural and personal detail is extraordinary.
The most famous, and arguably the most successful, story is "People Like That Are The Only People Here," the moving yet at times absurdist tale of a mother coping with the grave illness of her baby. At first, Moore seems almost coy with her character names - the Mother, the Baby, the Husband, the Surgeon - but they serve to mute the roiling fear running underneath in true Moore fashion until it can no longer be contained.
Not a single story in this collection fails, but some rise above others: "Which is More Than I Can Say About Some People", "Charades," "Agnes of Iowa," and "Terrific Mother." Some of these stories will have you doubled over with laughter; others will make your heart ache. Most will do both.
I highly recommend this book, even to people who don't normally read short stories. If you have already read it, read it again. You'll be surprised by how much surfaces the second time around.
This is a perfect collection for those who may not enjoy short stories and a revelation to those of us who do. This is my first introduction to Lorrie Moore and I will be quickly buying up her earlier work.
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Lorrie Moore is like no other writer. She's funny, complex, wacky. She said in one story that she loved her kitten so much she "grit her teeth when she pet her" and I knew... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Coley
Lorrie Moore is my favorite contemporary author. No lengthy analysis from me, just a simple suggestion: read everything she has written, you'll be glad you did.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Each story offered thoughtful insights on our Anerican lived... From different stages and different places. Read morePublished 12 months ago by DRGATB
Although this was not my favorite by Lorrie Moore, I am never not impressed by her. This was a gem, and it grew on me as I continued to read this.Published 13 months ago by Kathleen Quach
I don't usually read short story collections but picked up this one for a book club.
Moore's stories are well-written and insightful, and she can write humorous scenes,... Read more
I found it very hard to get into the stories or remember them. Many just seemed so unimportant. The author did trow in some good humor and it was interesting to read about... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Candy Feldt
Lorrie Moore has become one of my favorite authors. I love her short stories, and these are excellent.Published 15 months ago by Sarah A. Saltus