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Books in brief: Bark

Moore's females are both ageing and strengthening and so too is her literary talent.

By Hannah Rosefield   February 2014

Bark by Lorrie Moore (Faber, £16.99)

Since the 1980s, Lorrie Moore has been writing bleakly funny stories about clever, underachieving women with a liking for wordplay. They have unsatisfying relationships with men who love them too much but can’t appreciate a good pun, or who can manage the puns but not the love. Mothers loom large; so does terminal illness, usually cancer. Moore’s last collection, Birds of America, was bestselling as well as prizewinning, and elevated her to the first rank of American short story writers. This was over 15 years ago, which…

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