Books Read in 2019: Four-Star Fiction
I bought this with a gift card as part of my effort to read and support more female authors. It's not often that I buy a pure fiction short story collection unless it's by Lorrie Moore, but this was amply worth it, although I have to take issue with the assertion that she "lures you in with a voice that seems amiable and lighthearted". Rage, despair and profound mournfulness is pretty accurate, though. There's a fine line between stories that allow messiness and uncertainty to take the place of closure, and stories that just take the lazy way out. For the most part, these stories, even the very short ones, fall on the right side of that line. Much of the title story, and its resonances of a sad, stifled, yearning existence with notes of bizarre hopefulness, is seared into my brain.