Like Life by Lorrie Moore
(Vintage Contemporaries)

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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.

About Lorrie Moore

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Lorrie More is the author of the story collections Birds of America and Self-Help, and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Published March 7, 2012 by Vintage. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A second story collection from Moore (Self-Help, 1985; the novel Anagrams, 1986) offers more characteristic glibness, wisecracking, and sarcasm.

May 21 1990 | Read Full Review of Like Life (Vintage Contempora...

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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 understandin

Jul 29 1991 | Read Full Review of Like Life (Vintage Contempora...

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