Anagrams by Lorrie Moore

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By Lorrie Moore

Gerard sits, totally clothed, in his empty tub and pines for Benna. acquaintances within the similar condominium development, they percentage a wall and Gerard listens for the sound of her rest room flushing. Gerard loves Benna. after which Benna loves Gerard. She listens to him play piano, she teaches poetry and sings at nightclubs. As their relationships ebbs and flows, via truth and mind's eye, Lorrie Moore paints an enthralling, cutting edge portrait of guys and girls in love and never in love. the 1st novel from a grasp of latest American fiction, Anagrams is a revelatory story of affection won and misplaced.

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No, girl. ' But she don't say it, she just gives me the look of someone who could say it. ' Which isn't such a small point, it's not such a small point that Ray Johnson's daughter is going to college and means to be a teacher. The old man would have been proud. ' She looks at me as if she's ready and waiting if I want to go further down this line of argument, because she knows it aint exactly through my example that she's done what she's done. It's always been a sore point with her, though she doesn't bring it up any more, like she's started to give her own dad up for lost, that I could've found a better use for those brains I'm supposed to have.

Small matter of the fare, Vie,' I say. Vie says, 'Put one of your bets on. ' I look at Vie. It's a straight face. What's he mean: free man? 'That's right,' Vince says. 'You could see a bit of the world. Live a little. ' Vince's head is cocked towards the driving mirror. ' It's like he's a taxi-driver. So where to, guv? 'I aint particular. ' But Vie doesn't say anything. He doesn't say, 'Whenever you're ready, Ray,' then give his little one-finger, undertaker's salute. And I get this sudden picture of me in a car, in a cardboard box, in a big car, with just Vince driving, just Vince in his tie and cuff-links and dark glasses.

I watched Jack clear off the meat trays, picking up the little sprigs of imitation greenery, then wash down the display counter, smoothly, without pausing, like he could do it all with his eyes closed, but carefully and deliberately, taking his time, it being a hot day. And I thought, He's early, and it's a while since I've seen him do that himself, it's usually that lad, the one he said couldn't tell chuck from chine and couldn't keep a price in his head. Unless he's gone and paid him off too.

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