What Do I Read Next?
Self-Help (1985), Lorrie Moore’s first collection of short stories, largely consists of her master’s thesis at Cornell, where she studied under the writer Allison Lurie. Many of the stories in Self- Help are written in the second person and display the wit and humor that Moore has come to be known for.
Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (1994) is Moore’s second and most accomplished novel. In it, a disillusioned, middle-aged woman vacationing in Paris looks back to her girlhood in a small Adirondack tourist town near the Canadian border.
Allison Lurie, who mentored Moore at Cornell, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for Foreign Affairs, a novel about two academics living and working in France. Fred Turner is an attractive, twentynine- year-old English professor and Vinnie Miner is an English professor in her 50s, divorced and not that pretty, but they share many needs and passions.
Raymond Carver, considered by many to be the master of minimalist fiction, is often mentioned as a precursor to Lorrie Moore. Where I’m Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver includes a wide selection from Carver’s career.
In an interview with freelance writer Lauren Picker in Newsday, Lorrie Moore calls Alice Munro’s collection of stories Open Secrets ‘‘one of the greatest books of the century.’’
In Talents and Technicians: Literary Chic and the New Assembly-Line Fiction, John W. Aldridge takes a critical look at writers in the 1980s, such as Moore, whom he believes were committed to a style of fiction that was largely nihilistic with little connection to the world surrounding them.