The stories in Bark, the fourth collection from American writer Lorrie Moore, date back as far as 2003. I don’t know whether that indicates a five-year period of writer’s block—between 1998’s Birds of America and “Debarking” first appearing in the New Yorker—but either way, it’s no accident that the new book opens at the dawn of the Iraq War. Over time, Moore’s fictional muse has started to wander: from people to politics.
This is belated, I know. Blame the queue at the Georgia Straight, if you must. Regardless! I reviewed the new book by Lorrie Moore, who started out as one kind of writer and has lately become a different kind.
(Also: Someone in the comments says that Moore in fact published “many things” between ‘98 and 2003. Anyone know if this is true for fiction? I found nothing.)