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A Gate at the Stairs
A Gate at the Stairs | Lorrie Moore
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Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner AwardFinalist for the Orange Prize for FictionChosen as a Best Book of the Yearby The New York Times Book Review, TheWashington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Kansas City Star, Financial Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Real Simple Twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the daughter of a gentleman farmer, has come to a university town as a student. When she takes a job as a part-time nanny for a mysterious and glamorous family, she finds herself drawn deeper into their world and forever changed. 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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BookwormM
A Gate at the Stairs | Lorrie Moore
Mehso-so

#Reading1001 For most of the book I really enjoyed the story the narrator is snarky and there are very amusing one liners scattered throughout, however after the key event of the story (not the big reveal) the book loses its way as if it has lost sense of what it wants to be.

The ending finally released the reader on a low note and while I can forgive a poor beginning a poor ending taints the whole book.

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JacintaMCarter
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When I started this book, it felt like one of those where all of the characters are just a little too eccentric to be believable. But as the story went on, it became clear that their awkwardness and unusual behavior is due to their past and current traumas. Also, this book includes one of the most relatable descriptions of grief I've read in a long time.

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Coleen
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Mehso-so

I don‘t even know how to review this one. There were times I thought the writing was brilliant, but then at other times I thought the author was trying too hard. But overall, this novel just did not come together. Lots of storylines that had so much potential in and of themselves, but that really had nothing to do with one another, most of which were unresolved, and seemed to just be compiled into a single book. I hated the ending.

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Amiable
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The flow of the book felt very disconnected--it was like reading several different books awkwardly knitted together into a very loose whole. It read as if the author wasn't quite sure what she wanted to write about, so she threw in everything but the kitchen sink. Also, this book bored the life out of me for the first 200 pages. And then several major things happened, but none of them were very believable and they all felt rather random. Meh.

MariettaSG Thanks for useful reviews 3y
Amiable @MariettaSG Just my opinion, of course! Don‘t let my crankiness deter you. 😀 3y
Coleen I just finished this book on audio and it‘s like you wrote my review. I feel the exact same. 1y
Amiable @Coleen It‘s always a great feeling when someone totally gets what you‘re thinking, isn‘t it? 🙌🏼 1y
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kmshaffer
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Started a new one tonight 📚😍

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Kitta
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A bit slow to get going, but I really enjoyed this

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BkClubCare
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I knew this would be a four slice of pie 🥧 book while reading because “quality of writing” which I can‘t define or adequately identify but feel it when I absorb it... and then the ending. I thought the ending was perfect. So big yes on a sad melancholic book about weighty thoughts but! weighty before Drumpf weariness...

Mamashep Oh that funeral scene! 5y
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BkClubCare
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Recently listened to a podcast that discussed Lorrie Moore and I just happened to have this on my read-next shelf. #DogsofLitsy #EstherAssisting

britt_brooke 💚🐾 5y
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Mcoun
A Gate at the Stairs | Lorrie Moore
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I didn't get this book!

heylaurenmack I read that book for a course in college and don‘t remember much about it at the moment but I do remember a full fledged yelling argument happening in class. 5y
MarticaMustRead Same!! 5y
KimHM After reading the description, I'm wondering how I missed it. A book picked by both the Orange prize committee and Real Simple is intriguing, not to mention it causing a "full fledged yelling argument" in a (literature @heylaurenmack ?) class. 5y
DrexEdit Oh dear! I just started this one for one of my book challenges! I hope it's not too onerous! 😨 5y
Mcoun @DrexEdit, I'll be interested in your take on it. I'm feeling that I must have missed something if it caused arguments in a lit class. 5y
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BarbaraBB
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I loved all about it. The main characters, their story, the thoughts behind it, the themes, the humor, the dialogues, the twists, the end. I didn't know Moore but I am definitely going to read more by her soon. Suggestions are very welcome. #1001books Picture: the overnight ferry from Greece to Italy

BarbaraBB I'll stack that one, thx! 6y
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Lise
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Perfect afternoon break with my first Moore (very enjoyable!) and a salted caramel chocolate tart ☕️🍫

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rachaich
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charity shop haul included this one.

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IncredibleRamblingElimy
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I'm loving this so far. There's no one quite like Lorrie Moore.

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Jennick2004
A Gate at the Stairs | Lorrie Moore
Mehso-so

This book started out very slow for me...and at times it was a bit hard to follow. The last 100 pages were much easier to read but it's not high on my list of recommendations.

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Jennick2004
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Time to finish my book since I have 2 sick kids 😓

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Mamashep
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Love the $2 audiobooks at my library book sale! #librarybooksale #whattolistentonext

Reviewsbylola Nice! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 6y
Lakesidemusing THE INTERESTINGS❣️❣️❣️ 6y
kiminreverse I loved The Interestings on audio! 6y
Mamashep @kiminreverse I started listening to it this week and am really enjoying it! 6y
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Jennick2004
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She makes it mighty difficult to read... #Kalli

Dragon Cute 🐱 6y
LauraBrook She's such a beauty, it must be hard to concentrate on anything else! 6y
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Jennick2004
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Feelin kinda cruddy today so it's my favorite blanket, a great book and puppy snuggles 😍

DrexEdit Hope you feel better soon! 6y
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Jennick2004
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Reading while hubby burns some papers lol! Strangely beautiful November weather ☀️

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Jennick2004
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Starting this one tonight :)

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