A Gate at the Stairs

By Lorrie Moore
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410421890, 521pp.)

Publication Date: February 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Compact Disc

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“In order to earn enough to stay in school and get her degree, Tassie Keltjin decides to become a nanny for a woman who wants to adopt?and who insists Tassie be a part of the process from the first adoption agency interview. Chaos ensues as Tassie, her employer, and their little charge totter towards what they regard as normality in this wonderful novel about love and loss and the triumph of the human spirit.”
-- Kathy Ashton, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT


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As the United States begins gears for war in the Middle East' twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin' the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer' comes to a university town as a college student' her brain on fire with Ch




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Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009

Many of the picks from Fresh Air's book critic look back at tough times from earlier eras, or lives upended by disaster. The best books of the year include a work of nonfiction that reveals the hidden fantasy land of a founder of American industry, and a novel that doesn't apologize for the bad behavior of its characters. Plus, a bonus mystery pick. More at NPR.org

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Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009

Lorrie Moore puts her penetrating prose and sly observations to work in her latest novel, A Gate at the Stairs. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls the book "a literary cyclone." More at NPR.org

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Saturday, Sep 5, 2009

Author Lorrie Moore recently published her first novel in 15 years. A Gate at the Stairs tells the story of a 20-year-old college student who takes a job as a part-time nanny. More at NPR.org

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  1. In addition to her sense of humor and intelligence, what are Tassie's strengths as a narrator? How does what she describes as “an unseemly collection of jostling former selves” (p. 63) affect the narrative and contribute to the appeal of her tale?

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