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“Is there any living writer who can so effortlessly chronicle the messy absurdity, unintended humor, and quiet pathos of the human condition better than Lorrie Moore? I had been eagerly awaiting another short story collection from her, and Bark delivers in full. The Moore I've known and loved is back, replete with her trademark pithy one-liners, wry observations, wicked wit, and spot-on renderings of her character's quirks, failings, and stubborn dreams.”
— Laurie Paus, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
A "New York Times" Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Book
A Best Book of the Year: "San Francisco Chronicle," NPR, "Financial Times," "St. Louis Post-Dispatch," "BookPage"
"Heartbreaking. . . . Mordantly funny. . . . Takes us on a rare flight of self-transcendence. . . . Moments of recognition bring jolts like electric shocks." --"The New York Review of Books"
"Wonderful. . . . Masterful. . . . Profound. . . . Not a single false note." --"USA Today
" Moore] deftly paints with negative space, releasing tremendous poignancy. . . . A vibrant and nimble display of Moore's signature wit." --"San Francisco Chronicle
"Ms Moore's writing glides. She describes the mundane with precision and grace. . . . "Bark" simultaneously honours and regrets the messiness of human relationships. Ms Moore is like one of her characters: 'sternness in one eye and gentleness in the other.'" --"The Economist
"One of the finest short story writers in the country." --"Los Angeles Review of Books
" Moore's] writing contains multitudes, mixed in exacting proportions, which is to say: this potpourri is utterly and totally unique. . . . There really is no one quite like her." --"The New Republic"
"Lorrie Moore still dazzles. . . . These powerfully, almost savagely, human stories shine with a spirit of playfulness and the logic of love." --"O, The Oprah Magazine.