I just finished Lorrie Moore's Self-Help in one sitting. My name is Susan and I might be addicted, All joking aside, Moore's Self-Help is a fantastic collection of stories that I would highly recommend. Highlights include 'How to Be an Other Woman,' 'What is Seized,' and 'How to Become a Writer.'
According to Amazon:
"In these tales of loss and pleasure, lovers and family, a woman learns to conduct an affair, a child of divorce dances with her mother, and a woman with a terminal illness contemplates her exit. Filled with the sharp humor, emotional acuity, and joyful language Moore has become famous for, these nine glittering tales marked the introduction of an extravagantly gifted writer."
Moore masterfully creates scenes and finds subtle humor in the absurd. She grapples some of the most painful and interjects moments of joy so well that her words feel like reality.
This was my first introduction to Moore, but I'll soon be reading Anagrams, Birds of America, Like Life, Bark, and Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?
Note: photo not our own, from Amazon.