LORRIE MOORE is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is the recipient of the Irish Times International Prize for Literature, a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. She has been the recipient of the Mary McCarthy Award from Bard College. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she teaches at Vanderbilt University.
LAUREN GROFF is the author of The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, Delicate Edible Birds, Fates and Furies, and Florida. She has won the PEN/O. Henry Award, has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named one of Granta's 2017 Best Young American Novelists.
"Superb . . . Moore is a short story superstar, a wily wordsmith, an extraordinary empath. In a few short pages--sometimes in just a few words--she is able to evoke essentially everything about the characters she conjures . . . vast yet intimate . . . Moore's stories have a way of burrowing into the head and the heart and taking up residence there, reverberating like a startled laugh or a stifled sob. This expansive, exquisite collection cements Moore's standing as one of the greatest short story writers of our time." --KIRKUS (starred review)"Moore's writing contains multitudes . . . There really is no one quite like her." --THE NEW REPUBLIC "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 "One of the finest short story writers in the country." --LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS "Lorrie Moore's writing is strange and wonderful. It should be among anyone's top reasons for being alive." --POPMATTERS "Here is why one reads Moore: the terse, true polish of her emotional wisdom." --THE BOSTON GLOBE "Her stories, her stories, are perfect." --SLATE "The sharpness, clarity, and wit of Moore's voice was evident from the very beginning of her writing life . . . How lucky we are that we have Lorrie Moore's voice to reflect this lunatic world back to us and show us how to see it in all its devastating hilarity." --from the Introduction by Lauren Groff