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Like Life Book Review Summary

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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.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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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)

Setting

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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