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I know some things : stories about childhood by contemporary writers

Author: Lorrie Moore
Publisher: Boston : Faber and Faber, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When writers of fiction have made the effort to explore the mottled landscape of a child's secrets and understanding, they have often created stories of ferocious poignancy," writes Lorrie Moore in her introduction to this dazzling collection of stories about childhood. I Know Some Things presents the innocence and knowingness of a child's-eye view as it confronts the contradictions and hypocrisies of the adult
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lorrie Moore
ISBN: 0571129455 9780571129454
OCLC Number: 25246160
Description: xv, 245 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Lies / Glenda Adams --
Betty / Margaret Atwood --
Gorilla, my love / Toni Cade Bambara --
Gryphon / Charles Baxter --
Daley's girls / Catherine Brady --
His son, in his arms, in light, aloft / Harold Brodkey --
The point / Charles D'Ambrosio, Jr. --
I know some things / D.J. Durnam --
Signs and wonders / Max Garland --
Sex and death to the age 14 / Spalding Gray --
Gwen / Jamaica Kincaid --
My mother's clothes: the school of beauty and shame / Richard McCann --
The Ponoes / Peter Meinke --
Murderers / Leonard Michaels --
Hiding / Susan Minot --
The turkey season / Alice Munro. Beautiful my mane in the wind / Catherine Petroski --
Out-of-the-body travel / Sheila Schwartz --
Rules of the game / Amy Tan --
Dog Heaven / Stephanie Vaughn.
Responsibility: edited by Lorrie Moore.

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"When writers of fiction have made the effort to explore the mottled landscape of a child's secrets and understanding, they have often created stories of ferocious poignancy," writes Lorrie Moore in her introduction to this dazzling collection of stories about childhood. I Know Some Things presents the innocence and knowingness of a child's-eye view as it confronts the contradictions and hypocrisies of the adult world. Some of today's best writers, including Margaret.

Atwood, Toni Cade Bambara, Harold Brodkey, Spalding Gray, Jamaica Kincaid, Susan Minot, Alice Munro and Amy Tan, capture childhood incidents that are comic, startling, touching and disturbing. Each story is told by a child character or by the adult who was that child, skillfully preserving the child's voice and role as actor and witness in the drama. The stories all explore pivotal moments in childhood when something becomes known, something is tested, some turning point.

Reached. With "the wily, rhetorical manipulations and inventions of someone not yet part of the grown-up world," writes Moore, child narrators show us the ways in which adult actions resonate through children, and the real import of childhood perceptions, allegiances and decisions. Chosen for their insight and sheer literary brilliance, these stories range across age, gender, class, ethnicity and geography. Together they disrupt easy notions of childhood obliviousness.

And naivete, and will not fail to touch the child in any adult.

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