Thursday, June 11, 2009

80. Like Life – Lorrie Moore

Read in September 2007
History: Published in 1990, book of short stories mainly about relationships
Plot: Eight short stories. About men and women seeking connection with each other.
Review: 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
Opening Line: “For the first time in her life, Mary was seeing two boys at once.”
Closing Line: “Here. But not now.”
Quotes: "This is what happened in love. One of you cried a lot and then both of you grew sarcastic."
Rating: Good

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