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A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

A Gate at the Stairs is Tassie Keltjin, looking back at her twentieth year in 2001. She'd left a farm in a small, isolated town for a large Midwestern college, where liberalism is often tinged with hypocrisy. With the objectivity provided by distance and experience, she develops a new perspective of her home and her brother's contemplation of joining the military after 9/11. She's hired as a nanny for a couple adopting a minority child and finds love for the first time. Her innocence provides a wider look at the nuances of race, romance, and modern life. Lorrie Moore's first novel in 15 years has received positive reviews with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch saying, "Moore has garnered so many superlatives, so many times, that it's a challenge to properly address the accomplishment of A Gate at the Stairs. This novel combines all that was praiseworthy in her earliest work with even richer levels of storytelling and craftsmanship. It's a glorious offering that was worth the long wait."
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