A Gate at the Stairs: A Novel

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Vintage Books, 2010 - Fiction - 321 pages
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As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer--his 'Keltjin potatoes' are justifiably famous--has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir. Between semesters, she takes a job as a part-time nanny. The family she works for seems both mysterious and glamorous to her, and although Tassie had once found children boring, she comes to care for, and to protect, their newly adopted little girl as her own. As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed.

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User Review  - Catherine Woodman - Goodreads

Having not read ANY of the books that ended up on the Notable Fiction of 2009 NYT list, it is hard for me to compare to the competitors, but I am hoping this wasn't one of the 5 best things written ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bianka - Goodreads

A Gate at the Stairs By Lorrie Moore 322 pp. Random House ISBN: 0375409289 A Gate at the Stairs, is about a college student named Tassie, who barely has a grip on her own life. She finds a job as the ... Read full review

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Lorrie Moore, after many years as a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is now Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Moore has received honors for her work, among them the Irish Times International Prize for Literature and a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. Her novel A Gate at the Stairs was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award.   

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