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Elements of style

Lisa Moore returns to the short-fiction genre with her magnificent third collection


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Lisa Moore

House of Anansi Press

LISA MOORE CODIFIED her approach to the short story early in her literary career. In “Nipple of Paradise,” the opening salvo in her 1995 debut collection, Degrees of Nakedness, Moore writes: “That’s how a story should work. Like that Chinese ribbon dance. They turn off the lights so you can’t see the dancer. All you see are two long fluorescent ribbons, drawing in the dark.” She returns to this idea in “The Way the Light Is,” from her 2002 collection Open: “I think about how so much of a good story seems to happen elsewhere, off the canvas or screen or page, in Europe or a backwater New Brunswick town, in what is left unsaid.”

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