Gerard sits, fully clothed, in his empty bathtub and pines for Benna. Neighbors in the same apartment building, they share a wall and Gerard listens for the sound of her toilet flushing. Gerard loves Benna. And then Benna loves Gerard. She listens to him play piano, she teaches poetry and sings at nightclubs. As their relationships ebbs and flows, through reality and imagination, Lorrie Moore paints a captivating, innovative portrait of men and women in love and not in love. The first novel from a master of contemporary American fiction, Anagrams is a revelatory tale of love gained and lost.
The book is an anagram in itself. Moore explores narrative and changes the characters slightly in each section of the book causing them to become anagrams of themselves. The language is precise and the story is interesting, however, the sense of story becomes blurred when Moore changes around the realities of the characters.read more
No one has a style quite like Lorrie Moore's. I was absolutely blown away when I first read her short story "How to Talk to Your Mother," and I've been a fan of her work ever since. Somehow I missed Anagrams until now--probably because copies have been hard to come by (although it has recently been reprinted). She creates a unique world for her characters--yet it's one that is also recognizable. She understands how we think, how tragedy and comedy are not really opposites but close kin, how life is a game we can only keep playing in hopes of winning once in awhile . . .read more
What I read of this, I really liked, but then it kind of fell away and I wasn't inspired to finish.read more
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