Accomplished and award-winning fiction writer Lorrie Moore makes a stop at room 427 in the Engineering Research Center on the University of Cincinnati’s Clifton campus for a reading at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Her short-story collections include Self-Help, Like Life and Birds of America, which contains “People Like that Are the Only People Here,” the O’Henry-award-winning story about a mother, a baby’s blood clot and the people in the pediatric oncology unit.
Along with these short stories, she’s published the novels Anagrams, Who Will Run the Frog Hospital and, her most recent, A Gate at the Stairs, which a New York Times book review calls, “her most powerful book yet, a book that gives us an indelible portrait of a young woman coming of age in the Midwest in the year after 9/11 and her initiation into the adult world of loss and grief.” Like A Gate at the Stairs, much of Moore’s work deals with grief, terminal illness, the Midwest and other relatively bleak themes with a touch of humor and moments of sublime beauty.
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