The Collected Stories
Since the publication of Self-Help, her first collection of stories, Lorrie Moore has been hailed as one of the greatest and most influential voices in American fiction. Her ferociously funny, soulful stories tell of the gulf between men and women, the loneliness of the broken-hearted and the yearned-for, impossible intimacies we crave. Gathered he...
First Published in 2008
Nov 27, 2020I’ve never cared for short stories - they’re too short - but Lorrie Moore blows the doors off, every time. She’s got a jeweller’s knack of taking the most precious and exquisite of words, and placing them in a setting that makes them genius. All the things you didn’t think need doing again - describing a sunset, or a kiss, or salty soup - she does for what might be the final and best time, on behalf of humanity. The humour is dark, the stories corkscrew, and the characters keep on talking to you, even after the final full stop. It’s endlessly amusing that people sometimes still suggest women writers struggle to match the achievements of men. Hahaha are you on glue? – source