A Gate at the Stairs

Lorrie Moore
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Lorrie Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of modern America.

With America quietly gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, a 'half-Jewish' farmer's daughter from the plains of the Midwest, has come to university - escaping her provincial home to encounter the complex world of culture and politics. When she takes a job as a part-time nanny to a couple who seem at once mysterious and glamorous, Tassie is drawn into the life of their newly-adopted child and increasingly complicated household. As her past becomes increasingly alien to her - her parents seem older when she visits; her disillusioned brother ever more fixed on joining the military - Tassie finds herself becoming a stranger to herself. As the year unfolds, love leads her to new and formative experiences - but it is then that the past and the future burst forth in dramatic and shocking ways. Refracted through the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate at the Stairs is a lyrical, beguiling and wise novel of our times.

Author bio:

Lorrie Moore is the award-winning author of the story collections Self-Help, Like Life, and Birds of America, and the novels Anagrams and Who will Run the Frog Hospital? She currently teaches English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Category: Literary fiction
ISBN: 9780571249466
Edition No: 1
Awards: Shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction 0
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Paperback
Pub Date: April 2010
Page Extent: 336
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Literary fiction

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