A Gate at the Stairs
By Lorrie Moore
(Thorndike Press, Hardcover, Large Print, 9781410421890, 521pp.)
Publication Date: February 2010
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- 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?