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Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
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Jun 15, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: owned

I consider myself a Lorrie Moore fan, and though I didn't like this collection as much as I liked Self-Help, it was still fantastic. I would probably really rate this 4.5 stars instead of 5 mostly because I didn't really like the last two stories (which I think were also the longest stories in the collection). Not that they weren't well done, it was just two dying child stories right in a row, and I'm not a fan of dead baby stories in the first place, so it wasn't a great note to end on with me. And yet, I feel like every contemporary short story writer has at least one dead baby story. Why is that? David Foster Wallace, Amy Bloom, John Biguenet, Jodi Picoult. Is there some rule in the How to be a Successful Writer Handbook that says, "You must sacrifice at least one child in your writing and only then will you be taken seriously as a writer"?

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Reading Progress

June 15, 2012 – Started Reading
June 15, 2012 – Shelved
June 15, 2012 –
page 60
June 26, 2012 –
page 160
June 26, 2012 –
page 160
June 28, 2012 – Shelved as: owned
June 28, 2012 – Finished Reading

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