Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs

Images-1 I just finished Lorrie Moore's book, A Gate at the Stairs and there are a million words running through my head.

Moving, absorbing, intimate, awakening, dark, odd, layered, memorable, funny and impressive.

The book focuses on a college student, Tassie Keltjin, a daughter of a Midwestern artisinal farmer.  She is smart but naive and a bit lost.  She takes a job as a nanny for a white couple who adopts a mixed race baby post 9/11.  As time goes by she becomes a bigger part of their family and learns more about them that she bargained for.  She also has a relationship with another student who is drawn into the post 9/11 world.  Her brother, also lost, finds himself in the military.  Many different relationships and layers through the book.

The book is written through Tassies eyes as she grows up in the post 9/11 era attending college and learning how to be an adult.  Well written and a book that is worth discussing with other people.  Would be good for a book group.  A really wonderful incredibly well written thought provoking book.

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