I basically agree with David Wallace-Wells's criticisms of Lorrie Moore's A Gate at the Stairs. While I myself found it incredibly enjoyable to read--especially for her use of language and her wry sense of humor--plot and character development are not it's strong points. To have characters disappear with so little explanation I find an unforgiveable trait in a novelist. But I find it even mkore unforgivable for a reviewer to reveal so much of how the storylines in a novel play out. Don't you think you owe its potential readers--and the writer--the opportunity and the pleasure of finding out for themselves? I mean, please.
Dec 7 2009 - 11:36am