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Birds of America: Stories
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The celebrated collection of twelve stories from one of the finest authors at work today

From the opening story, "Willing"-about a second-rate movie actress in her thirties who has moved back to Chicago, where she makes a seedy motel room her home and becomes involved with a mechanic who has not the least idea of who she is as a human being-Birds of America unfolds a startlingly brilliant series of portraits of the unhinged, the lost, the unsettled of our America.

In what may be her most stunning book yet, Lorrie Moore explores the personal and the universal, the idiosyncratic and the mundane, with all the wit, brio, and verve that have made her one of the best storytellers of our time.

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06/25/2019
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Lorrie Moore. (2019). Birds of America: Stories. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing.

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Lorrie Moore. 2019. Birds of America: Stories. Blackstone Publishing.

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Lorrie Moore. Birds of America: Stories. Unabridged Blackstone Publishing, 2019.

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In what may be her most stunning book yet, Lorrie Moore explores the personal and the universal, the idiosyncratic and the mundane, with all the wit, brio, and verve that have made her one of the best storytellers of our time.

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In what may be her most stunning book yet, Lorrie Moore explores the personal and the universal, the idiosyncratic and the mundane, with all the wit, brio, and verve that have made her one of the best storytellers of our time.

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        Though the characters in these 12 stories are seen in such varied settings as Iowa, Ireland, Maryland, Louisiana and Italy, they are all afflicted with ennui, angst and aimlessness. They can't communicate or connect; they have no inner resources; they can't focus; they can't feel love. The beginning stories deal with women alienated from their own true natures but still living in the quotidian. Aileen in "Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens," is unable to stop grieving over her dog's death, although she has a loving husband and daughter to console her. The collection's two male protagonists, a law professor in "Beautiful Grade" and a housepainter who lives with a blind man in "What You Want to Do Fine," are just as disaffected and lonely in domestic situations. The stories move on, however, to situations in which life itself is askew, where a tumor grows in a baby's body (the detached recitation of "People Like That Are The Only People Here" makes it even more harrowing ). In "Real Estate," a woman with cancer--after having dealt with squirrels, bats, geese, crows and a hippie intruder in her new house--kills a thief whose mind has run as amok as the cells in her body. Only a few stories conclude with tentative affirmation. "Terrific Mother," which begins with the tragedy of a child's death, moves to a redemptive ending. In every story, Moore empowers her characters with wit, allowing their thoughts and conversation to sparkle with wordplay, sarcastic banter and idioms used with startling originality. No matter how chaotic their lives, their minds still operate at quip speed; the emotional impact of their inner desolation is expressed in gallows humor. Moore's insights into the springs of human conduct, her ability to catch the moment that flips someone from eccentric to unmoored, endow her work with a heartbreaking resonance. Strange birds, these characters might be, but they are present everywhere. Editor, Victoria Wilson; agent, Melanie Jackson.

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      • content: In this collection of short stories by the razor-sharp Lorrie Moore, Natasha Soudek's narration often drips with the irony and wry wit for which Moore is known. The writing is artful, capturing complex characters with complex emotions, even within the constraints of the short story format. The 12 stories are varied, ranging from a couple's attendance of an academic retreat in Italy to the tribulations of a family undergoing their baby son's treatment for cancer and the experiences of a gay couple taking a road trip. Throughout the stories, Soudek does a better job voicing the female protagonists than the males. Overall, she captures Moore's droll, biting humor with her sardonic tone and unhurried pace. S.E.G. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
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