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A Gate at the Stairs is a novel by American fiction writer Lorrie Moore. It was published by Random House in 2009. com's "best of the month" designation and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange. com's "best of the month" designation and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction. The novel's main character is Tassie Keltjin. At age 20, Keltjin is attending a major university identified only as the "Athens of the Midwest. When the novel opens, she is looking for a job as a nanny.

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This time around she is remaining circumspect about any autobiographical antecedents to A Gate at the Stairs, her seventh book.

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 1 сент. Told through the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate at the Stairs is a piercing novel of race, class, love, and war in America. I have often read books i did not particularly enjoy, but which I admired. Less frequently I have experiences like this where I generally enjoy a book despite thinking it a bit of a hot mess Читать весь отзыв.

Lorrie Moore, after many years as a professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is now Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt .

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, a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story. Her most recent novel, A Gate at the Stairs, was shortlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction and for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

A Gate At The Stairs I read this book with my book group or I never would have finished it. I kept thinking "what am I missing?" because I just didn't get it. I thought it was written by an 18 year old so I guess in that regard the author nailed the voice.

Lorrie Moore's literary talent has always seemed exquisitely adapted to brevity. Now she has finally proved herself over the long haul, says Geoff Dyer. You can sit back and have the time of your life reading A Gate at the Stairs if you're prepared to make a bunny-hop of critical faith, what might be called – I'm showing my age here – the Jimmy Clitheroe concession. Moore was born in 1957; her narrator, Tassie, is looking back to the time, shortly after 9/11, when she was a student in the Midwest town of Troy. At the alleged time of writing, she is in her mid-20s but the voice and, to a lesser extent, the eyes are those of someone old enough to be her mother.

Lorrie Moore is the author of Birds of America, Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Anagrams. and A Gate at the Stairs

Lorrie Moore is the author of Birds of America, Like Life, and Self-Help and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Anagrams. and A Gate at the Stairs. This site is maintained by the author's publisher Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage Books. Contact: Vintage Books, 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. Personal Information ate at the Stairs.

With America quietly gearing up for war in the Middle east, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, a 'half-Jewish' farmer's daughter from the plains of the Midwest, has come to university - escaping her provincial home to encounter the complex world of culture and politics. When she takes a job as a part-time nanny to a couple who seem at once mysterious and glamorous, Tassie is drawn into the life of their newly-adopted child and increasingly complicated household. As her past becomes increasingly alien to her - her parents seem older when she visits; her disillusioned brother ever more fixated on joining the military - Tassie finds herself becoming a stranger to herself. As the year unfolds, love leads her to new and formative experiences - but it is then that the past and the future burst forth in dramatic and shocking ways. Refracted through the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate at the Stairs is a lyrical, beguiling and wise novel of our times.

I love this book. It's a beautifully written, engaging, at times hilarious novel about the many ways we can lose children. Lorrie Moore's characters are always interesting and believable, and she peppers her profoundly moving story with great humor and in so doing has created my favorite kind of book, one that is both funny and poignant and provokes thought.
The voice of the narrator draws us in immediately. Clever, likeable, morally astute, and ready to begin her life, she is perfectly poised to take chances that lead to complications and then to observe herself in her situations with humor and insight, even while suffering enormous losses. Highly recommended.
I am a great fan of Lorrie Moore's short stories. "People like us..." is one of the most powerful short stories I've ever read and I loved "Birds of America." I wanted to enjoy this book but found the plot disjointed, the situations improbable and the writing self-indulgent. While Moore's wit was often on display, she threw in characters and situations that went no where. I was particularly frustrated with the scenes in which Tassie overhears a support group's conversation. Enough, I wanted to scream, I get it that these people are shallow and self-absorbed. On top of that, the whole idea of her overhearing this conversation was contrived. Plus I didn't feel invested in what happened to any of characters except for the baby, Mary Emma, and her mother. I have to conclude that the rave reviews from book critics (such as Kikutani (spelling?) in the New York Times), have a lot to do with the halo factor. When they read and reviewed this book, they were already predisposed to loving it. I'm sure we'll see better from Moore in the future.
Dianne Hunter's review:
This 2009 novel about ruptured family bonds, set in Wisconsin not long after the terrorist attacks of September 11, describes retrospectively and in vivid detail appalling developments lived within Midwestern American mores, landscapes, seasons and changes of weather. The narrative centers on a 20-yr-old college student, Tassie Keltjin, who is hired to babysit a biracial toddler in foster care, preparatory to adoption, by a couple whose marriage is failing. The weird story, characterizations, and uses of language exude authenticity, and the book's final 100 pages are compelling to read. Moore's singular story combines the zeitgeist issues of gender roles, religion, class, race, war, food, the limitations of politically-correct academia and its fraudulence, and the redefinition of what makes a family.
If you like fiction that surprises you at the end of the sentence, you will like this. Lorrie Moore's is fantastic at describing the inner life of a young woman - her relationships with family, employers, lovers. The side story of her and her brother is not to be missed. You can't put this book down.
Good writing and an interesting story about some complex issues in life. A coming of age for a young college student who grew up on a farm with parents who were a bit remote. I look forward to reading the authors other works.
A gate at the stairs to keep people out, to keep people in. Ms Moore is great at short stories. There are several short stories contained in this novel. In a year Tassie Keltjin's story takes her from twenty to twenty one, legally an adult. A young farm girl, she goes to the university filled with liberals, different ways of thinking, of living. Life changing. The city is a sophisticated university town filled with learning. Tassie's mother is Jewish, her father a Norwegian atheist who is a gentlemen farmer growing fancy potatoes and other vegetables for high class restaurants. His father was a college president. Tassie and her younger brother, Robert, nickname Gunny, go to a small town school, live small town lives. Again, life changes.

The story begins with Tassie looking for a job as a nanny. She needs the money to stay in school. She meets Sarah Brink and husband Edward Thornwood, a scientist. The couple is from the northeast, different, more sophisticated than midwestern farm people. Sarah owns an up scale restaurant catering to well heeled clients who like exotic food. The restaurant has a fancy French name. Sarah is a good business woman who knows her restaurant, does well. Far away from small town Wisconsin. Sarah wants to adopt a baby. She will have Tassie go with her to interview moms and others involved in adoptions.

Tassie goes home for the holidays such as her family observes. She loves her family, no problems. Then back to Troy and university life.

Along comes a baby needing a forever family. This baby is racially mixed, black father, white mother and will be named Mary Emma. Sarah, Edward and Tassie meet the mother, go to the child's foster home. Emmie is two or almost. Sarah is delighted, Tassie falls in love with her charge, Edward is only in love with himself. It is fun meeting these characters. This book is both laugh out loud and heart breaking.

Readers meet Murph, Tassie's roommate who moves in with her love leaving the apartment to Tassie. Tassie meets her boyfriend in one of her classes. She falls in love or thinks she does, a good looking young man who is not who he says he is. She babysits a bunch of kids,. Every Wednesday evening, Sarah opens her home to parents of children, mixed race ,black, adopted from other races for discussion. The parents talk about their experiences, problems, worrying about kids being accepted. Voices drift up the stairs while Tassie is playing with and entertaining all these kids.

Murph and Tassie become good friends, Murph returns to the apartment, both girls are without men at the time. In the year of the book, Tassie loses characters she cares much about, characters she barely knows, characters who just drift through her life. This not too long novel contains several short stories dealing with other characters. Tassie goes back to the farm to recuperate from life. She goes to the town swimming pool, sees a girl she had gone to high school with. She waves. The girl doesn't remember her. How quickly we are forgotten. There are beautiful descriptions of the countryside during the summer when Tassie goes home.
Another wonderful piece of writing from Lorrie Moore. This is a story of loss and how people deal with it. If you are a fan of Moore's work, you will find the same familiar writing here, full of colorful and ingenious metaphors and imagery. I'm not sure I'd recommend this particular novel for someone who's new to her writing (better start off with a short story collection, Birds of America is a good starting point), but devout fans will find great human warmth and a familiar sharp tang of humor in this work.