A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

By Lorrie Moore

Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award
Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction
Chosen as a most sensible e-book of the Year by The ny instances ebook Review, The Washington publish, Chicago Tribune, The Christian technological know-how computer screen, Kansas urban famous person, monetary instances, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Real basic

Twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the daughter of a gentleman farmer, has come to a college city as a pupil. while she takes a task as a part-time nanny for a mysterious and glamorous kinfolk, she reveals herself drawn deeper into their global and perpetually replaced. advised throughout the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate on the Stairs is a piercing novel of race, category, love, and conflict in America.

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I made a noose of wire to catch it. There were three cartridges in the pistol. None to spare. She walked away down the road. The boy looked after her and then he looked at me and then he looked at the dog and he began to cry and to beg for the dog's life and I promised I would not hurt the dog. A trellis of a dog with the hide stretched over it. The next day it was gone. That is the dog he remembers. He doesnt remember any little boys. He'd put a handful of dried raisins in a cloth in his pocket and at noon they sat in the dead grass by the side of the road and ate them.

He's going to die. We cant share what we have or we'll die too. I know. So when are you going to talk to me again? I'm talking now. Are you sure? Yes. Okay. Okay. They stood on the far shore of a river and called to him. Tattered gods slouching in their rags across the waste. Trekking the dried floor of a mineral sea where it lay cracked and broken like a fallen plate. Paths of feral fire in the coagulate sands. The figures faded in the distance. He woke and lay in the dark. The clocks stopped at 1:17.

We're okay. Go to sleep. We're going to be okay, arent we Papa? Yes. We are. And nothing bad is going to happen to us. That's right. Because we're carrying the fire. Yes. Because we're carrying the fire. In the morning a cold rain was falling. It gusted over the car even under the overpass and it danced in the road beyond. They sat and watched through the water on the glass. By the time it had slacked a good part of the day was gone. They left the coats and the blanket in the floor of the back seat and went up the road to search through more of the houses.

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