Like Life

Like Life

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by Lorrie Moore
     
 

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In Like Life's eight exquisite stories, Lorrie Moore's characters stumble through their daily existence. These men and women, unsettled and adrift and often frightened, can't quite understand how they arrived at their present situations. Harry has been reworking a play for years in his apartment near Times Square in New York. Jane is biding her time at a cheeseSee more details below

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In Like Life's eight exquisite stories, Lorrie Moore's characters stumble through their daily existence. These men and women, unsettled and adrift and often frightened, can't quite understand how they arrived at their present situations. Harry has been reworking a play for years in his apartment near Times Square in New York. Jane is biding her time at a cheese shop in a Midwest mall. Dennis, unhappily divorced, buries himself in self-help books about healthful food and healthy relationships. One prefers to speak on the phone rather than face his friends, another lets the answering machine do all the talking. But whether rejected, afraid to commit, bored, disillusioned or just misunderstood, even the most hard-bitten are not without some abiding trust in love.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Short stories chronicle the "like lives'' (as opposed to love lives) of misfits whose romantic endeavors have gone awry. "Wondrously witty,'' said PW. "With gallows humor and unfailing understanding, Moore evokes her characters' quiet desperation and valiant searches for significance.'' (Aug.)
Library Journal
Sharply rendered, the slightly wistful tone of these eight stories reflects their color: gray, yet less autumnal than springlike, with an attendant edge of hope coloring the best of them. "The Jewish Hunter'' stands out as a portrait of possibilities: of love, of relationship, of selfhood. In fact, Moore dances around the edges of broken relationships with a delicacy that expresses both despair, acceptance, and a fledging resilience to try again. The title story and "Vissi d'Arte'' are excellent examples of Moore's subtle insight. These are stories that bear rereading. Recommended.-- Linda L. Rome, Mentor, Ohio
From the Publisher
“A brilliant collection. . . . The funny and the tragic dovetail with precision and poignancy.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Hilarious and generous and true. Moore’s work continues to astound.” –Newsday

“Insightful and moving . . . A rewarding, even exhilarating book.” The New York Times Book Review

“There’s no other writer quite like Lorrie Moore. . . . Startling and wonderful.” –The Plain Dealer

“Affecting and beautifully written. . . . Her keenly detailed language and unfailing generosity of spirit are irresistible.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“Lorrie Moore is a dazzler.” –Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394581019
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/19/1990
Pages:
178

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In Like Life’s eight exquisite stories, Lorrie Moore’s characters stumble through their daily existence. These men and women, unsettled and adrift and often frightened, can’t quite understand how they arrived at their present situations. Harry has been reworking a play for years in his apartment near Times Square in New York. Jane is biding her time at a cheese shop in a Midwest mall. Dennis, unhappily divorced, buries himself in self-help books about healthful food and healthy relationships. One prefers to speak on the phone rather than face his friends, another lets the answering machine do all the talking. But whether rejected, afraid to commit, bored, disillusioned or just misunderstood, even the most hard-bitten are not without some abiding trust in love.

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