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Not Dead Yet studies the uncertainties of loss, turning a gaze toward the often-silenced voices of the infirm, elderly, and adolescent. Rich in humor and honesty, Hadley Moore’s debut collection of short stories presents a contemporary set of narratives from a lush cast of characters. We find the protagonists of her stories tenderly revealing their pain after the loss of loved ones and coping with the voids left by the passing of youth, happiness, and fulfilment. Moore invites us into the lives of characters like Morley, who struggles to adapt to new cultural norms, and Salmon, who confronts the loss of her husband while feeling isolated from his family’s Judaism. The character-driven prose of Not Dead Yet offers striking detail as it dives into moments of absurdity and tragedy.
About the Author
Hadley Moore is a writer living near Kalamazoo, Michigan.
“What an astounding collection. The emotional depth and beauty of these stories is a wonder and puts this writer in a category all of her own. In Not Dead Yet, Moore takes readers on an emotional journey, insisting on illuminating our profound human connections and the mysteries of life. Her characters stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page and are penetrating reminders that life is full of endless chances, missed opportunities and grace. Moore’s insight and compassion are the triumph of this collection, signaling the arrival of a brilliant writer.”
— Dana Johnson, author of In the Not Quite Dark