Rumaan Alam is the author of Rich and Pretty and That Kind of Mother. His third novel, Leave the World Behind, will be published in October. (August 2020)

IN THE REVIEW

The Element of Surprise

Lorrie Moore; illustration by Hope Gangloff

Collected Stories

by Lorrie Moore, with an introduction by Lauren Groff
In a 2001 interview, Lorrie Moore mused that the story is perhaps a “more magical” form than the novel. “A novel is a job,” she said, “but a story can be like a mad, lovely visitor, with whom you spend a rather exciting weekend.” Moore’s point of view is the writer’s, but it’s true for the reader, too. Her hefty Collected Stories is a very long weekend indeed, a month of Sundays, mad and lovely.