Bark, by Lorrie Moore
Reviewer: Andrea Bledsoe King; age 38; librarian; Memphis.
Andrea's assessment Taken together, the eight short stories in this remarkable collection form a complex and authentic portrait of dating, marriage, and divorce in middle age. The characters are undeniably real, from Ira, a man desperately trying to move on from a bitter breakup, to an unnamed woman who avoids an old friend, even when the friend is on her deathbed, because they once dated the same man. Moore gives every character, likable or not, humanity and vulnerability. And for that, not to mention her inventiveness and stunning prose, I think she is one of the greatest American writers of our time.
To buy: $19, amazon.com.
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