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Moore, Lorrie. A GATE AT THE STAIRS: A NOVEL. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 322 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third novel. One of the most important literary events of the year 2009. Lorrie Moore's much-awaited novel took more than a decade to conceive and write. Advance Signed Copy. Removable "Autographed Copy" metallic-silver sticker pasted on the front DJ cover. The publisher issued a very small and limited number of pre-signed copies to the trade, most of which are no longer available online. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Lorrie Moore's triumphant return to the novel form after a hiatus of almost fifteen years (her last book, "Birds of America", a short story collection, was published eleven years ago, in 1998). "Lorrie Moore's people are jokesters, wisenheimers. They hold the world, and the language used to describe it, a little off to the side, where they can turn it around and if not figure it out, at least find something funny to say about it. Vintage Moore: Brittle, witty, and dark, the portrait of a Midwest college town through the eyes of Tassie Keltjin, a student from the country whose mind has been lit up by learning, but who spends nearly all this story out of class, as a nanny for a couple who have adopted a toddler. Tassie's a bit of a toddler herself (and an ideal narrator because of it), testing the world as if through her teeth, and she finds the world stranger and more deeply wounded the more she learns of it. Sad, hilarious, and thrillingly necessary" (Tom Nissley). The Midwest college is based on and inspired by the legendary University of Wisconsin at Madison, where Lorrie Moore is a Professor of English. A "must-have" title for Lorrie Moore collectors. This is an Advance Signed Copy, and it is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by Lorrie Moore. This title will become collectible. This is one of few such signed copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LORRIE MOORE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375409289. $40.00

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