A book of short stories, Like Life by Lorrie Moore has a fitting title. Each story is just a little off from the real world. Each character a bit of a dreamer, wanting more from their lives.
I hate to say that although I typically love Lorrie Moore’s writing, particularly her book of stories, Birds of America, this one just didn’t quite do it for me. I found myself getting lost more than once and completely forgetting or just not really understanding what the story I was reading was about. This is never a good sign.
The real issue though was that I didn’t identify with any of her characters. Each lost in their own ways, not satisfied with their lives, should be easy enough to identify with. However, there was a selfishness and complacency to each of them that simply made me want to tell them to get off their ass and quite whining….to do SOMETHING about it. But they never do. Each story ending pretty much where it began. And therein lies the problem I had with this book, there seems to be no moral to the stories. That may not be an issue for some, but it’s not my cup of tea.