Birds of America: Stories

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 7, 2012 - Fiction - 291 pages
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“Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial…. Stand[s] by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability.” —The New York Times Book Review

The celebrated collection of twelve stories from one of the finest authors at work today.

New York Times Book of the Year 
A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
Winner of the Salon Book Award
Village Voice Book of the Year

“A marvelous collection…. Her stories are tough, lean, funny, and metaphysical…. Birds of America has about it a wild beauty that simply makes one feel more connected to life.” —The Boston Globe
 
“At once sad, funny, lyrical and prickly, Birds of America attests to the deepening emotional chiaroscuro of her wise and beguiling work.” —The New York Times
 
“Stunning…. There’s really no one like Moore; in a perfect marriage of art form and mind, she has made the short story her own.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
Birds of America stands as a major work of American short fiction…. Absolutely mastered.” —Elle
 
“Wonderful…. These stories impart such terrifying truths.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
 
“Lorrie Moore soars with Birds of America.... A marvelous, fiercely funny book.” —Newsweek
 
“Fifty years from now, it may well turn out that the work of very few American writers has as much to say about what it means to be alive in our time as that of Lorrie Moore.” —Harper’s Magazine
 

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User Review  - albertgoldfain - LibraryThing

A broad variety of characters with a fairly unified perspective. Overall a very readable collection. Almost any of these could be expanded into a novella, but they all work as potent short stories. Read full review

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

The two short stories I read are "Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens" (p 111) and the incredibly sad "People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk" (p 212). "Four ... Read full review

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Contents

Cover
WhichIs More Than I Can Say About Some People
Dancein America
Agnesof Iowa
Four Calling Birds Three French Hens
What You Want to Do Fine
Real Estate
Canonical Babbling
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

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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