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Birds of America by Lorrie Moore
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Feb 24, 2009

it was ok

I feel bad. I gave up reading this, and I almost never do that. Especially when it comes to collections of short stories, because at least when it comes to short stories, you know that you only have to read a few more pages and then you'll be on to a new story. Yet I just lost interest during the story about the woman who travels to Ireland with her mother. All of the narrators seemed the same, the stories kind of depressed me, and I fell asleep a few times.

Maybe my book-induced narcolepsy was a function of the fact that I was reading these on my lunch break? I feel as though I owe Moore another chance; after all, many of the people whose opinions I really respect and admire like her writing a whole bunch. I don't know, though - it just wasn't doing it for me. Sorry.
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Anittah You'll probably like it more if you try reading it once you're in your late thirties. At the very least you won't like it less! Ha! :P


Caitlin Constantine Anittah wrote: "You'll probably like it more if you try reading it once you're in your late thirties. At the very least you won't like it less! Ha! :P"

Ha! You know, that's a really good point. I was in my late 20s when I read it and I am now 33 years old. I will give it another shot in a couple of years. I do have Who Will Run the Frog Hospital waiting to be read in my bookshelf, so maybe I will like that better.


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Suzanne That’s funny because I tried to read Anagrams a couple of years ago for the exact same reason – a lot of people whose opinion I respect seemed to like Moore and this book a great deal. But I could not get into it, and thought perhaps I was too old (in my 50s). I thought maybe I was just over the relationshipy angst thing. I meant to go back and try it again someday, but with a TBR list that is so long and full of other promising titles, I probably won’t.


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