Birds of America

Birds of America

Paperback

By (author) Lorrie Moore

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 192mm x 24mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 5 July 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571197272
  • ISBN 13: 9780571197279
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 491,190

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Beginning with a story about a second-rate film actress involved with a mechanic who has not the least idea who she was as an actress or is as a human being, this is a series of portraits of the young, the hip, the lost, the unsettled and the unhinged of modern-day America.

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Editorial reviews

Exquisitely crafted stories about women from one of America's most brilliant writers. Moore is especially at home with the pithiness of the short story, and here are a dozen of the very best examples of the genre you'll find anywhere. 'Agnes of Iowa' paints a wistful portrait of endless compromise; 'Willing' gets inside the miserable mind of a fading Hollywood starlet; immigrant Olena experiences the creeping melancholy of exile and alienation in 'Community Life' while guilt-ridden Adrienne slowly rebuilds her ruined life after she accidentally kills a baby in 'Terrific Mother'. It's not all gloom, though. Many of the stories sparkle with humour. 'Charades' offers a hilarious account of a family suffering Christmas overload and there's a profoundly joyous reconciliation between mother and daughter in 'Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People'. (Kirkus UK)