Lorrie Mooreâ€™s superb novel, A GATE AT THE STAIRS, is told through the voice of 20-year-old Tassie Keltjin. A farmerâ€™s daughter, Tassie attends a liberal arts college and is slowly navigating the daily intricacies of life. â€śI had come from Dellacrosse Central, from a small farm on the old Perryville Road, to this university town of Troyâ€”â€śthe Athens of the Midwestâ€ťâ€”as if from a cave, like the priest-child of a Columbian tribe Iâ€™d read of in Anthropology, a boy made mystical by being kept in the dark for the bulk of his childhood and allowed only storiesâ€”no experienceâ€”of the outside world,â€ť Tassie recounts.
September 10, 2009
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