Lorrie Moore, after many years as a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is now Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. Moore has received honors for her work, among them the Irish Times International Prize for Literature and a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. Her novel A Gate at the Stairs was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award.
A Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize Finalist "Uncanny. . . . Moving. . . . A powerful collection." --The Washington Post "Moore's one of the country's most admired writers. . . . [Bark] shows off a true advance of Moore's powers and offers some first-rate reading pleasure." --NPR "[Bark is] a book to which people will refer back to understand life as we lived it in the past ten years." --Salon "Her stories, her stories, are perfect." --Slate "Here is why one reads Moore: the terse, true polish of her emotional wisdom." --The Boston Globe "Probably no writer since Nabokov has been as language-obsessed as Moore. . . . [Bark] lets us contemplate and savor just what makes her work unique." --The New York Times Book Review (cover) "Irresistible." --Minneapolis Star Tribune "100% brilliant, as usual. . . . Moore has come to enjoy the unusual distinction of being just about the darkest light writer around. Unhappiness, heartbreak, illness, grief, disappointment--who'd have thought they could be so much fun?" --Geoff Dyer, The Observer (London) "Extraordinary. . . . Moore's construction of a sentence, a paragraph, a page, is rarely less than exhilarating. . . . There is a moral nobility to Moore's assertion that even the least brilliant of lives deserve to be brilliantly documented. . . . Moore does not make us feel better; she hurts us. But she hurts us in vital, generous ways, and it is testament to the brilliance of her writing that we let her." --The Times Literary Supplement (London) "If you adore Lorrie Moore, as so many of us do, you'll find much to enjoy in her new collection. . . . All the sparkly balls are in play--puns, politics, pop culture details, sometimes all at once." --Newsday "If you had to criticize one thing about Lorrie Moore--and I don't know why you would, because she's awesome--it might be that her humor and her world-weary sense of the absurd are almost too distinctive. . . . But I don't have the heart to really complain about any of this: I've been addicted to Moore's voice for a long time now and want more, not less, of it." --Entertainment Weekly "Laugh-out-loud funny. . . . Reading the stories one after another is a reminder of her uncanny ability to sum up, in a sentence or two, the truths that might take a lifetime to grasp." --Houston Chronicle "Lorrie Moore's writing is strange and wonderful. It should be among anyone's top reasons for being alive." --PopMatters "A vital work of literature." --Electric Literature