Anagrams ) knits together the shadow of 9/11 and a young girl's bumpy coming-of-age in this luminous, heart-wrenchingly wry novel—the author"/>
 

A Gate at the Stairs

Lorrie Moore, Author
Lorrie Moore, Author . Knopf $25 (321p) ISBN 978-0-375-40928-8
Reviewed on: 07/13/2009
Release date: 09/01/2009
Hardcover - 336 pages - 978-0-571-24945-9
Hardcover - 978-0-571-27128-3
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-571-31968-8
Paperback - 321 pages - 978-0-385-66826-2
Compact Disc - 978-1-60283-716-4
Open Ebook - 331 pages - 978-0-571-25807-9
Hardcover - 336 pages - 978-0-385-66824-8
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-385-66825-5
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-0-7927-6841-8
Open Ebook - 207 pages - 978-0-307-27321-5
Hardcover - 521 pages - 978-1-4104-2189-0
Paperback - 321 pages
Hardcover - 352 pages - 978-0-571-19530-5
Hardcover - 10 pages - 978-1-4084-8972-7
Hardcover - 10 pages - 978-1-4084-9004-4
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-283-99557-3
Paperback - 321 pages - 978-0-571-24946-6
Book - 1 pages - 978-0-7927-6839-5
Show other formats
FORMATS

Moore (Anagrams ) knits together the shadow of 9/11 and a young girl's bumpy coming-of-age in this luminous, heart-wrenchingly wry novel—the author's first in 15 years. Tassie Keltjin, 20, a smalltown girl weathering a clumsy college year in “the Athens of the Midwest,” is taken on as prospective nanny by brittle Sarah Brink, the proprietor of a pricey restaurant who is desperate to adopt a baby despite her dodgy past. Subsequent “adventures in prospective motherhood” involve a pregnant girl “with scarcely a tooth in her head” and a white birth mother abandoned by her African-American boyfriend—both encounters expose class and racial prejudice to an increasingly less naïve Tassie. In a parallel tale, Tassie lands a lover, enigmatic Reynaldo, who tries to keep certain parts of his life a secret from Tassie. Moore's graceful prose considers serious emotional and political issues with low-key clarity and poignancy, while generous flashes of wit—Tessie the sexual innocent using her roommate's vibrator to stir her chocolate milk—endow this stellar novel with great heart. (Sept.)

The Best Books, Emailed Every Week
Tip Sheet!
MORE BOOKS YOU'D LIKE
X