This Road Will Take Us Closer to the Moon

"These stories won me over at once, heart and mind together."
Alice Munro

Books and Culture: Named one of John Wilson's Favorite Books of 2011

"Linda McCullough Moore is that terrific and rare writer who can pair side-splitting humor with heartbreaking truth. She never ceases to make me laugh. She never ceases to make me cry."
Sy Safransky, Editor, Sun Magazine

"We can't resist falling in love with Margaret Mackenzie, whose life is chronicled in this book of linked stories. While reading, I often laughed aloud, and before moving on, returned to savor sentences over again for the sheer pleasure of it. The storyteller is a poet, or the poet is a storyteller—either way, the result is a reading experience dense with sensation and revelation. You may not actually be wiser or happier after reading it, but you will believe that you are for a lovely glowing while. Finally, the book you didn't know you've been longing for."
Carol Edelstein, author of Disappearing Letters

"These rare, deft stories deal with absorbing and important matters. And yet, profoundly serious as they are, they are shot through with humor—in conversations, turns of phrase, in unwittingly ridiculous routine, and the bleak comedy of family life. Linda McCullough Moore gives us a welcome opportunity to identify with a memorable protagonist: to reflect, and regret, and smile. I loved these stories."
Edith Pearlman, author of Binocular Vision

"In the way that Raymond Carver attends unerringly to ordinary moments in ordinary lives, so Linda McCullough Moore, with subtlety and stylish humor, nudges us awake to the splendor of our own ordinary comings in and goings out. An ordinary life revealed in episodes, with breathless flights of imagination. When I reached the end, the whole felt—how to say this well?—like a quiet, insistent, closely focused introduction to a generation."
Brad Davis, author of Opening King David

“Here is a singularly elegiac life-in-parts. These autumnal reveries have the feel of immediate classics.”
Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

"Like Alice Munro, Moore is a writer of clarity and courage. These are stories where aggrieved memory is made to pivot to empathy and respectful curiosity. Moore’s emotional precision, her moral seriousness, and her deep sympathy make these stories hard to forget."
The Boston Globe

"These stories make you want to be brave and heroic and compassionate and tenacious in your own faith—regardless of what you believe in. They make you want to meet heroic people. They raise the bar for the company you’d like to keep: folk who are keen-witted and droll, ruthless and full of forgiveness. This is what turns writing from entertainment—which can be forgotten—into equipment for living. You don’t relinquish these experiences, not without some loss. You keep them, you pay to keep them. This is a book I’ll keep close to me, wherever I go."
Daniel Bullen, author of The Love Lives of the Artists

"I don’t even like short stories. But these snagged me by the jersey, drew me in, sat me down, and then entranced me. These stories combine sharp humor and pitiless observation with a wide mercy for the whole odd ragbag of human life. Here is a book to underline, to take to bed with you, to make exclamation marks in the margins, and if you are lucky—to read aloud to someone you love at night. It is that good. It is that astonishing. And when you are done, if you are like me, you will flip the pages back to the beginning and start all over again."
Ann Turner, author of The Father of Lies

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