Monday, July 13, 2015

Reader's Diary #1175- Lisa Moore: The Challenges and Rewards of Re-entering the Workforce


Pedant: a person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning.

If the name of Moore's "The Challenges and Rewards of Re-entering the Workforce" sounds too pedantic, more like an essay than the short story it is, I have to guess that it was intentional. What's interesting is that Moore does comes across as concerned with minor details in this story, but they work against the dry, business-like tone of the title. More about a group of women being cut from the workforce than entering it, the impact of their jobs on their lives, and their jobs on the lives of others, is reinforced right down to the very specific minutiae, the trivial taking on a higher, connected purpose.

It's a very compelling story and the switch between characters is almost hypnotic. It reminded me of the Birdman, the most recent Michael Keaton flick, where it came across like one, long continuous take, flowing from one life to another emphasizing how everyone and everything was intertwined.
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