Self Help Book Review

Sometimes the best stories are the shortest.

Lorrie Moore’s 1997 book, Self Help, is a series of 9 short stories about the ordinariness and the experiences of life.

The stories include a tale of a woman having an affair with a married man, a woman who has just buried her mother and a woman who sick with a terminal illness and contemplating suicide.

While the stories are short, they are powerful. Short stories are a challenge, even to the best of writers. What Ms. Moore does very well is that she uses the limited space and time to deftly draw the reader in and take them on a journey with her characters. These stories are extremely well written and will leave the reader wanting more.

I recommend this book.

 

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