A brooding uncle takes an au pair’s passport. Years of tension between a father and a son erupt with violent consequences. A man disappears along a lonely mail route . . . and it has happened before. From the Man Booker-shortlisted author of The Lighthouse comes this uncanny collection of short fiction about the unhomeliness of home: Fractured families, domestic claustrophobia, and the unseen menace of the everyday. With the same emotional tension and tightly controlled prose that garnered her first novel such accolades, Moore once again shines a light into the darkest corners of the human heart, moving deftly from flash fiction to novella, from insightful realism to chilling gothic horror.
Praise for The Pre-War House
“[There’s] a quiet sense of sadness that dogs these characters. As they navigate their lives, Moore slowly unearths their essential fears, regrets, and unmet desires, producing a subdued and beautiful feeling of yearning that leaves the reader ruminating long after the final page. A masterful collection.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The Pre-War House and Other Stories … is threaded by a sense of unease that speaks to the uncertainty of life’s calm patterns. Often Moore’s stories upend suddenly by a danger like the steady tow of an undercurrent … Moore’s writing is surprising and exact and culminates in the title story, the novella which brings the collection to a powerful crescendo.” —Arkansas International
“Just as uncompromising and unsettling as The Lighthouse.”—The Guardian
“Beautifully crafted, rendered in a lean, pared-down style that accentuates the stark content.” —Metro
“The tales collected in The Pre-War House… pick at psychological scabs in a register both wistful and brutal.” —The Times Literary Supplement