New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's grey paper covered boards, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"But this is the kind of thing that fiction is: it's the unlivable life, the strange room tacked onto the house, the extra moon that is circling the earth unbeknownst to science" (from "People Like That Are the Only People Here"). First edition of award-winning American writer Lorrie Moore's third collection of short stories. Comprising a dozen tales populated by birds of all feathers and centered around humans—mostly women—in the process of geographical and spiritual migration (we love metaphor too, Lorrie), this dark and dazzlingly humorous volume catapulted her to the front ranks of major short fiction writers. Notably, the collection narrowly missed winning the National Book Critics Circle Award for best work of fiction—unfortunately for Moore, the legendary Alice Munro was also in the running in 1998 for The Love of a Good Woman. Light rubbing to corners; some soiling to unclipped dust jacket. Very good. Item #2695