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Something for Everyone
By (author): Lisa Moore
9781487001162 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Short Stories Sep 04, 2018
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 8 in 304 pages House of Anansi Press Inc Astoria

Internationally celebrated as one of literature’s most gifted stylists, Lisa Moore returns with her third story collection, a soaring chorus of voices, dreams, loves, and lives. Taking us from the Fjord of Eternity to the streets of St. John’s and the swamps of Orlando, these stories show us the timeless, the tragic, and the miraculous hidden in the underbelly of our everyday lives. A missing rock god may have jumped a cruise ship — in the Arctic. A grieving young woman may live next to a serial rapist. A man’s last day on earth replays in the minds of others in a furiously sensual, heartrending fugue. Something for Everyone is Moore at the peak of her prowess — she seems bent on nothing less than rewiring the circuitry of the short story itself.

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. Caught was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major CBC television series starring Allan Hawco. February won CBC’s Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean region), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. Her most recent work is a collection of short stories called Something for Everyone. Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

PRAISE FOR LISA MOORE AND SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE “Moore takes her characters to some undeniably dark places in these stories, though the book is never entirely devoid of humour or hope. And there is abiding joy in the prose, which is lithe and tensile in equal measure. There is astonishment here, and grit, and beauty that is close to breathtaking.” — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

PRAISE FOR LISA MOORE AND CAUGHT:

Shortlist, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize 2013
Shortlist, Scotiabank Giller Prize 2013
Winner, Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award
A Quill & Quire Book of the Year
A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2013
An Amazon.ca Best Books: Editors' Pick of 2013


“Precise, compressed, intimately rhythmic, mesmerizingly smart.” — Globe and Mail

“In the creation of David Slaney, Lisa Moore brings us an unforgettable character, embodying the exuberance and energy of misspent youth. Caught is a propulsive and harrowing read.” — Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers

“[Lisa Moore’s] written a new kind of legend for a new Newfoundland.” — Reader’s Digest

Caught is an outstanding novel, combining the complexity of the best literary fiction with the page-turning compulsive readability of a thriller.” — National Post

“Lisa Moore’s new book is a beautiful piece of writing.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“This novel that is rife with realness, and beauty, and tension; so much it hurts, in the best possible way.” — Newfoundland Quarterly

“Moore’s prose is as vivid as ever.” — NOW Magazine

Caught proceeds like a lit fuse.” — Georgia Straight

“As trippy, mellow, and revelatory as Hearn’s weed, Caught takes pleasure from rewriting crime formulas and gives pleasure in doing so.” — Vancouver Sun

PRAISE FOR LISA MOORE AND FEBRUARY:

Winner, CBC Canada Reads 2013
Longlist, Man Booker Prize
Finalist, Winterset Award The New Yorker Best Books of the Year
A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year
A Quill & Quire Book of the Year

“Loneliness is hard to write about without become maudlin or cliched. But Moore never errs on the side of sentimentality . . . There’s an economy in Moore’s style that shows us how a once vibrant life can be whittled down by pain and loneliness. But, by grounding her writing in the physical world, Moore shows how life’s everyday tasks and encounters create a comforting continuity that allows forward movement.” — National Post

“Exquisitely mindful . . . All is suffering, certainly, but it’s just as true that all is also pretty funny. Moore gets this. She gets life . . . Moore offers us, elegantly, exultantly, the very consciousness of her characters. In this way, she does more than make us feel for them. She makes us feel what they feel, which is the point of literature and maybe even the point of being human.” — Globe and Mail

“Lisa Moore’s work is passionate, gritty, lucid and, beautiful. She has a great gift.” — Anne Enright, Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Gathering

“Lisa Moore is an astonishing writer. She brings to her pages what we are always seeking in fiction and only find the best of it: a magnetizing gift for revealing how the earth feels, looks, tastes, smells, and an unswerving instinct for what’s important in life.” — Richard Ford, author of Canada

“Moore deftly weaves together the present . . . and the past, evoking memory and grief in pitch-perfect detail.” — The New Yorker

“It has been a joy indeed to discover Lisa Moore. Despite her great success with a previous novel and two collections of short fiction, February is the first book I have read by this talented Canadian writer. I shall soon be reading the rest.” — Daily Telegraph

“[February] is what great prose should be . . . a work of art . . . a moving narrative of risk, love, loss, and surviving” — Newfoundland Quarterly

“This mesmerizing book is full of tears, and is a graceful meditation on how to survive life’s losses.” — Marie Claire

“Soaring.” — Chatelaine

“[Moore] expertly captures her characters’ physical surroundings in sharp-edged fragments of colour and sensation . . . Helen comes across as a perfectly ordinary woman . . . But that’s what [February] is about: a perfectly ordinary woman whose life is profoundly changed by an extraordinary event. This is a marvellous book.” — Winnipeg Free Press

“Moore pens another triumph . . . emotional tension, coupled with an acute eye for regional setting and dialect, has long been a hallmark of Moore’s work . . . the hauntingly beautiful February, is likely to turn some heads and hearts as well.”— Chronicle Herald

“Moore never errs on the side of sentimentality . . . Loneliness is hard to write about without becoming maudlin or cliched. But Moore seems to understand this very human facility, describing the unconscious ways we sometimes try to avoid feeling overwhelmed by it . . . Moore shows how life’s everyday tasks and encounters create a comforting continuity that eventually wears down emotional pain to allow forward movement . . . You’ll be surprised at this novel’s ability to uplift.” — Ottawa Citizen

“Moore . . . is one of the smartest, sharpest minds among Canada’s younger fiction writers, and she deftly averts the saccharine and hyperbolic in this, her second novel.” — Matrix Magazine

“There is no one else in the country who can touch Lisa Moore’s elegant rendering of language . . . She’s distinctive, and what she does with language is nothing less than dazzling, and then there is her uncanny ability to inhabit every pore and sinew of her endearingly human characters . . . What she does with language is pure art.” — Salty Ink

“Complex yet clear, compelling and profound, the style is a joy to read and Lisa Moore’s story-spinning gift is great. Her people become our people, her richly described settings our own.” — Atlantic Books Today

“Canadian writer Lisa Moore’s second novel solidifies her reputation as a gifted writer whose prose exhibits an urgency, precision, and sensitivity worthy of the legacy of Virginia Woolf.” — The World

“Moore, whose previous novel, Alligator, won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, renders sensations with the precision of a Vermeer.” — Booklist

“Moore has established with her second novel a distinctive voice in Canadian literature. Language in Moore’s capable hands is often deceptively spare, revealing for the careful reader layers of acute insight. Her writing in February is characterized by a raw, stream-of-consciousness intensity.” — Literary Review of Canada

PRAISE FOR LISA MOORE AND ALLIGATOR:

Winner, Commonwealth Fiction Prize (Canada and the Caribbean)
Winner, ReLit Award
Finalist, Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
Finalist, Scotiabank Giller Prize
Finalist, Bennington Gate Fiction Award
Longlist, IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Longlist, Orange Broadband Award

“Bold, vivid, imagistic, resonant . . . Moore’s joy at being alive and living among her people and getting them down as honestly as she can is irrepressible.” — Globe and Mail

“Superb . . . While the number of seemingly disparate plots is initially confusing, paths cross in unexpected, satisfying ways.” — Entertainment Weekly

“Compelling and rewarding . . . surprisingly emotional, rich with human feeling and insight. Moore has a keen ear for both dialogue and a well-turned phrase, and the writing is suffused with a reckless joy.” —Quill & Quire

Alligator is full of visual detail, abrupt cuts, and startling juxtapositions. Moore switches effortlessly from topic to topic, scene to scene, past to present, and one perspective to another, as one might switch channels on a television. Fittingly, the novel achieves just what Madeleine proposes her documentaries offer: an unexpected story, a strong message, at least one belly laugh.” — Canadian Literature

PRAISE FOR LISA MOORE AND OPEN:

“Lisa Moore writes like a dream. This is a marvellous collection . . . A truly original voice.” — Michael Redhill, Globe and Mail

“Moore’s talent is staggering, her images arresting, her dialogue, particularly between men and women, needle-to-the-eye sharp.” — Maclean’s

“[Moore’s] stories are full of nerve and verve. They brim with an irresistible mix of adrenaline, compassion, and insight . . . Perceptive and wonderful.” — National Post

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