A Gate at the Stairs

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A Gate at the Stairs

By Lorrie Moore; Mia Barron (Narrated by)

BBC Audiobooks, Compact Disc, 9781602837164, 10pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

Description
In her dazzling new novel her first in more than a decade Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love. As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the Midwestern daughter of a gentleman hill farmer his Keltjin potatoes are justifiably famous has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir. As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed.


About the Author
LORRIE MOORE is the author of the story collections "Bark, " "Birds of America", "Like Life", and "Self-Help" and the novels "Who Will Run the Frog Hospital"? and "Anagrams". Her work has won honors from the Lannan Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud Award.

Mia Barron has worked at theaters in New York and around the country. Her film and television credits include "The Guiding Light" and the independent feature "The F Word". She was awarded the 2003 Publishers Weekly Listen Up award for her audiobook narration.