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 fulfillment.
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 triumphs of this collection, signaling the arrival of a brilliant writer.
“There are things everyone knows but no one recalls learning,” writes Hadley Moore in one of the stories in her stellar collection. There are also things not everyone knows, things this marvelously clear-eyed and unsentimental collection can teach us. These are grown-up stories that unsettle as they surprise. They are smart and funny and filled with calamity, consequence, and those slight shifts in awareness that constitute, for those lucky enough to encounter them, growth. I can’t remember when I last read such an engaging and rewarding debut.
This electrifying collection of nine stories stunned me—each story is so differently alive. The whole collection abounds in a love of language, and I felt throughout the total pleasure of watching an attentive, sometimes reckless, big-hearted, intelligent, and masterful storyteller work her way through endlessly interesting territory.