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Moore's second short story collection (apart from the novel-esque _Anagrams_) is more subdued, less tricky and perky than _Self-Help_. Some of the emotional territory is familiar: in "Two Boys," a woman cheerfully juggles a pair of contrasting lovers; "The Jewish Hunter" details a teacher's affair with a sharp, Jewish guy who likes to hunt; and in the title story an unhappy housewife slowly makes plans to leave her husband. Well written, as always, but less distinctive than several of her other books.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)    -   eccentric nature Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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