cover blurb - Her keenly observed stories are peopled by a variety of lost souls - husbands, wives, lovers, tourists, professors, students, even a ghost - often grappling with pain or disappointment.
However lovelorn or dislocated the characters - from the wisecracking wedding guest in "Thank You For Having Me", to the complicated parent-child pairs in "How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes)" and "The Kid's Guide to Divorce" - these stories are always grounded in insight and compassion.
I enjoyed this book and the writing. Her descriptions are awesome and I'm envious of a turn of phrase.
In "Childcare", our protagonist is a student needing a babysitting job. But I was not especially skilled at minding children for long spells; I grew bored, perhaps like my own mother. After I'd spent too much time playing their games, my mind grew peckish and longed to lose itself in some book I had in my backpack. I think Lorrie Moore knows ME too well. It's easy to identify with so much in her stories.
Short story writing is a skill. Lorrie Moore is an award winning author and this Collected Stories confirms her magic.