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September 16, 2009

The very best thing

“We all might have burst into hysterical laughter, and we probably would have if a sleeping child weren’t propped in the middle of the dining room table, next to two candlesticks, a Stengal sugar bowl, and some salt and pepper shakers. Adoption, I could see, was a lot like childbirth: Here she is! everyone exclaimed. And you looked and saw a pickled piglet and felt nothing, not realizing it would be the only time you would ever feel nothing again. A baby destroyed a life and thereby became the very best thing in it. Though to sit gloriously and triumphantly in ruins may not be such a big trick.” –from The Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

2 thoughts on “The very best thing”

  1. Steven W. Beattie says:

    This excerpt is a good example of what's best AND what's worst about Moore's writing.

    "…to sit gloriously and triumphantly in ruins may not be such a big trick."


    "…a pickled piglet…"


  2. Kerry says:

    I thought pickled piglet summed up a newborn babe just right…

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