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This title presents eight masterful stories, in which Lorrie Moore explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls
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Moore is one of the world's great artists of the short story ... Perfection .
The Times||'[Moore's] first collection in 16 years, was a masterclass in the form.'
Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year||[P]retty much 100% brilliant .
The Observer||Bark is a collection of taut, coherent, breathtaking enchantments which - looked at individually and taken together - remind us how only fiction has the real ability to re-create the world , to slant the light and make us see ourselves, and everything around us, as if for the very first time ... Reading these stories is an intense, disquieting, exhilarating experience ... Find a straight half-hour. Find an hour, or even two. You will be richly rewarded.
Financial Times||At her best, she is brilliant - precise and evocative , running from the cute to the vicious in the space of a sentence.
Sunday Times||Moore's writing glides. She describes the mundane with precision and grace ... Bark simultaneously honours and regrets the messiness of human relationships.
The Economist||No admirer of Moore's will go away either overloaded or unsatisfied, and it lets us contemplate and savor just what makes her work unique ... Probably no writer since Nabokov has
been as language-obsessed as Moore , but while Nabokov saw himself as an enchanter ... Moore is a darker spirit, skeptical of language even as she makes it do tricks ... Beckett, among others, got there before her, but she may be the chief contemporary
chronicler of those whose dread makes
them unable to turn off the laugh machine .
New York Times Book Review||[S]he is a forensically brave writer, acutely attuned to life's randomness, with a semantic virtuosity rarely equalled .