New Moore collection coming — sometime

One of Lorrie Moore’s former Cornell professors recalls that after Moore’s first book, Self Help, was published in 1985, “the only literature I received [from students] was second person narration.” The book, a collection of short stories from Moore’s MFA thesis, was one I read again and again when I discovered it in the early 90’s.

At a reading at her alma mater this week, Moore “read a selection from one of her short stories entitled ‘Debarking’, which was published in The New Yorker in December 2003” and “revolved around a sarcastic middle-aged newly divorced man, struggling to come to grips with his new life in the single world after 15 years of marriage.” She said the story would be included in a forthcoming collection that will be published “‘sometime in the near to distant future.'”

See also: Lorrie Moore and ZZ Packer at the New Yorker Festival: quick, disjointed reactions, and story excerpts and First try to be something, anything, else.


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