A Gate at the Stairs - Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore taps into 21st-century unease through her young protagonist, Tassie Keljin. Tassie grew up in a hick town in the Middle West and reflects on the world she moves into at the prestigious state university. In order to make ends meet, she applies for a position in child care and finds one with Sarah Brink, a woman who owns a French restaurant in town. She accompanies the woman when she adopts a biracial two-year-old and becomes a nanny for the child. All of this provides opportunities for Tassie to reflect on food culture, residual racism, urban/rural discontinuities. Furthermore, Tassie’s brother enlists in the Army because his grades aren’t good enough to get him into college. Moore tackles the gut issues of our times: war/peace, race, and class. She does so in her distinctive voice, joking and punning so that we are laughing and nodding at the same time.

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ISBN: 9780375708466
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Published: Vintage - August 24th, 2010