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Lorrie Moore: Short stories capture immediate feelings

24th September 2009

Author Lorrie Moore says she prefers using short stories to capture her feelings, with the abridged form allowing greater immediacy.

In an interview with Metro, the writer pointed out that crafting a novel takes a great deal of time, whereas a smaller work can be used to expand on a fleeting emotion or observation.

However, Moore - who will soon publish a new novel, A Gate At The Stairs - said the role of the author remains the same no matter what format is used, as they have to show the audience the world and its contradictions.

'I still think of myself as a short-story writer; you internalise its structure and form, whereas a novel is more ad hoc,' she added.

A recent New York Times review of Moore's new book by Jonathan Lethem claimed it is 'more expansive' than her previous novels and deals with significant themes such as war and racism.

Lethem added that he had no hesitation recommending A Gate At The Stairs to others, including a friend who is not a fan of the author's previous work.

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