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A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore


The U.S. is getting ready for war in the Middle East, it is post-9/11 and Tassie Keltjin, a 20 year old Midwesterner is heading to college. She takes a nanny job in between semesters and works for a family with an adopted daughter. She used to think kids were uninteresting, but has come to care about this little girl as though she was her own.

As Tassie becomes more and more a part of this family's life, her life back home seems increasingly foreign. Her parents are not as she remembers, her brother, who is in high school, has no idea what he wants to do with his life; join the military? Tassie finds herself changing and becomes further aware of the world around her as life and love bring remarkable and sometimes shocking events her way.

Lorrie Moore has won honors from the Lannan Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as the Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Rea Award for the Short Story, and the PEN/Malamud Award. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Check catalog for availability.

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