By Lorrie Moore
Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award
Finalist for the Orange Prize for Fiction
Chosen as a most sensible booklet of the Year by The manhattan occasions booklet Review, The Washington put up, Chicago Tribune, The Christian technology computer screen, Kansas urban famous person, monetary occasions, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Real basic
Twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin, the daughter of a gentleman farmer, has come to a school city as a pupil. while she takes a task as a part-time nanny for a mysterious and glamorous relatives, she reveals herself drawn deeper into their global and endlessly replaced. informed in the course of the eyes of this memorable narrator, A Gate on the Stairs is a piercing novel of race, classification, love, and conflict in America.
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He hated any place that wasn’t China. Chen Takung had come to Odessa on board the Star of Asia, of Chinese People’s Republic registry, a beaten-up and weathered freighter, which now sat at a dock awaiting its special cargo. Chen eased against the building, not letting the two-hour wait drag at his senses. He saw everything that went on in the area, evaluated the actions, and determined that none of them held any danger for him. He tried to relax tense muscles. His senses were on instant alert, searching for anything dangerous.
All of the regular clearances had been filed. They checked out with the port master’s radio in faltering Russian, and were on their way. For two hours, Chen stood in the bridge, listening to the radio and watching for fast-moving ships that might be overtaking them. He paced the small area, smoked one cigarette after another, and always looked to the rear. He saw and heard nothing unusual. Only when they were a half hour at sea did he take out a bottle of rice wine he was partial to and pass around drinks to the Chinese Navy captain of the ship and his executive officer.
A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore