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Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
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May 25, 09

bookshelves: contemporary-modern

I just remember reading this book in almost one sitting, I think, waiting for my boyfriend to get home from work. It is something that winds tightly around your throat and makes you cry in short hot spurts, like, am I really reading a book right now?. After each story, almost (there are 12), I would have to set the book down and recompose myself. It is a heartbreakingly honest account of different types of loss and growth and so so beautiful.

"Yeah, I like them all right," he said, and she would nod slyly and drink a little too much. She would try then not to think too strenuously about her whole life. She would try to live life one day at a time, like an alcoholic - drink, don't drink, drink. Perhaps she should take drugs. "I always thought someday I would have a little girl and name her after my grandmother." Sidra sighted, peered wistfully into her sherry. "What was your grandmother's name?" Sidra looked at his paisley mouth. "Grandma. Her name was Grandma.

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