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A Gate at the Stairs (Reprint) (Paperback) by Lorrie Moore

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Tassie Keltjin, an unprepossessing daughter of Midwest potato farmers, move to an exciting college town to study literature, and winds up working as a nanny for a glamorous restaurateur who has recently adopted a child. A GATE AT THE STAIRS marks the long-anticipated return of Lorrie Moore, regarded as a master of the short-story form, and one of the finest writers of off-kilter observations, sly wordplay, and rueful half-devastating half-hilarious remarks. All these qualities are on full display in this moving novel of a young woman adrift in the confusion of America and her own sense of self. Selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2009 by both the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post.
In her best-selling story collection, Birds of America ("[it] will stand by itself as one of our funniest, most telling anatomies of human love and vulnerability" -James McManus, front page of The New York Times Book Review), Lorrie Moore wrote about the disconnect between men and women, about the precariousness of women on the edge, and about loneliness and loss.

Now, in her dazzling new novel-her first in more than a decade-Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love.

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.

This long-awaited new novel by one of the most heralded writers of the past two decades is lyrical, funny, moving, and devastating; Lorrie Moore's most ambitious book to date-textured, beguiling, and wise.


From the Hardcover edition.
Edition: Reprint
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Education, Types of Characters, War + Military, Society + Social Issues, Family + Friendship, General
Format: Paperback
Author: Lorrie Moore
Language: English
Street Date: July 28, 2016
TCIN: 12408899
UPC: 9780375708466
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1009
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$12.75
MSRPwas $15.00
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