A GATE AT THE STAIRS by Lorrie Moore

Lorrie Moore’s superb novel, A GATE AT THE STAIRS, is told through the voice of 20-year-old Tassie Keltjin. A farmer’s daughter, Tassie attends a liberal arts college and is slowly navigating the daily intricacies of life. “I had come from Dellacrosse Central, from a small farm on the old Perryville Road, to this university town of Troy—“the Athens of the Midwest”—as if from a cave, like the priest-child of a Columbian tribe I’d read of in Anthropology, a boy made mystical by being kept in the dark for the bulk of his childhood and allowed only stories—no experience—of the outside world,” Tassie recounts.

September 10, 2009 · Judi Clark · Comments Closed
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