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Moore, Lisa, Cassidy, Sara, Herizons


by Lisa Moore

HOUSE OF ANANSI PRESS, 2002

Review by Sara Cassidy

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No wonder this book was nominated for a Giller Prize, even if it was the dark horse. These ten short stories are deliriously rich, visceral and sexy.

Tenuously balanced on spare dialogue and packed with startling, sensuous images, they're also dreamy, if mercifully free of the sentimentality, implausibility and self-consciousness of so-called poetic fiction.

Unfortunately, Moore's sentences are relentlessly short and though they're always rewarding, I came to feel riddled.

These are stories of women entering mid-life, poised between the past that made them, and the future they may foresee, if not oversee. They contemplate friendship, motherhood, sex, loneliness within marriage and, with brave anxiety, sexual infidelity. Moore indulgently recreates the intense friendships and general urgency--with the catalysts of booze and pot--of a 1980s early adulthood. In one story where an abortion forges enduring loyalty between two girlfriends, the narrator remembers: "That year I live on submarine sandwiches micro-waved in plastic wrap. When I peel back the wrap, the submarine hangs out soggy and spent, like a tongue after a strangling. …

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