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Like Life by Lorrie Moore
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Feb 18, 2009

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I have to give this collection three stars because Lorrie Moore's writing is just that good; no matter what her subject matter, at the very least, I always enjoy hearing her voice and encountering her narrative structures. However, it's a somewhat mean-spirited collection. Almost all of the characters are women displaced from the East Coast to the Midwest, who seem not necessarily unable to understand midwestern culture so much as unwilling to even attempt to, and because of this I often find myself wrinkling my nose at the many characters who come off, intentionally or unintentionally, as the snobs they think their midwestern neighbors think they are. The title encapsulates the overarching position Moore presents about the midwest in this book: that it is "like life" there, but not real life, not really.
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