Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore is an American fiction writer known for her humorous and poignant short stories and novels. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the O. Henry Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in the short story.


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  1. 1. Birds of America

    "Birds of America" is a collection of twelve short stories that delve into the complexities of human relationships and the struggles of everyday life. The stories feature a variety of characters, including a woman who is dealing with her husband's terminal illness, a couple who are struggling to conceive, and a woman who is trying to come to terms with her brother's suicide. The stories are filled with humor, wit, and poignant observations about life, love, and loss.

    The 1702nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Like Life

    "Like Life" is a collection of short stories that explore the nuances of everyday life, delving into the complexities of relationships, love, and loss. The narratives are filled with characters grappling with their past, struggling with their present, and uncertain about their future. The author uses humor and poignant observation to highlight the beauty, pain, and absurdity of human existence, painting a vivid picture of life's many contradictions and ironies.

    The 3089th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Anagrams

    The novel revolves around the complex relationship between Benna Carpenter, an aerobics instructor and Gerard, a college professor. Benna constantly imagines different scenarios and alternate lives for herself and Gerard, including one where they have a daughter. The narrative structure of the book is unique, with each chapter presenting a different 'anagram' or version of Benna's life, reflecting her chaotic and imaginative inner world.

    The 3400th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. A Gate at the Stairs

    Set in the Midwest shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the book follows a young woman named Tassie Keltjin as she navigates her way through college life and a new job as a nanny for a sophisticated and mysterious couple who have adopted a mixed-race child. The story delves into themes of love, loss, and the complexities of racial identity, as Tassie becomes more entangled in the family's life and secrets, ultimately experiencing a tragic loss that changes her perspective on life.

    The 6067th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Who Will Run The Frog Hospital

    The novel explores the complexities of female friendship and the nostalgia for adolescence through the eyes of its protagonist, Berie Carr, who reminisces about her teenage years while on a trip to Paris with her husband. The story delves into Berie's memories of her intense friendship with Sils, her best friend during her formative years in upstate New York. Amidst the backdrop of a 1970s summer job at an amusement park, the narrative captures the poignant and often painful transition from the innocence of childhood to the disillusionment of adulthood, highlighting the formative experiences that shape us and the enduring impact of our earliest bonds.

    The 6813th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. Bark

    This collection of short stories delves into the complexities of human emotions and relationships, exploring themes of love, loss, and the intricacies of life's transitions. Through a series of narratives that are both humorous and heart-wrenching, the book captures the essence of contemporary life, examining how individuals navigate their existence amidst personal and societal challenges. With a keen eye for detail and a masterful use of language, the stories in this collection offer a profound commentary on the human condition, showcasing the author's ability to convey deep emotional truths and the often bittersweet nature of life.

    The 11298th Greatest Book of All Time