Auburn Page Turners Discuss Bark: Stories 10/2

The Auburn Page Turners will discuss the newest collection of stories by Lorrie Moore one of America’s most beloved and admired short-story writers. The eight masterly stories in Bark: Stories reveal Lorrie Moore at her most mature and in a perfect configuration of craft, mind, and bewitched spirit.  In “Debarking,” a newly divorced man tries to keep his wits about him as the United States prepares to invade Iraq, and against this ominous moment, we see—in all its irresistible wit and darkness—the perils of divorce and what can follow in its wake .

In “Foes,” a political argument goes grotesquely awry as the events of 9/11 unexpectedly manifest themselves at a fund-raising dinner in Georgetown . . . In “The Juniper Tree,” a teacher visited by the ghost of her recently deceased friend is forced to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a kind of nightmare reunion . . . And in “Wings,” we watch the inevitable unraveling of two once-hopeful musicians, neither of whom held fast to their dreams nor struck out along other paths.