Munro, Alice

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In Alice Munro's superb new collection, we find stories about women of all ages and circumstances, their lives made palpable by the subtlety and empathy of this incomparable writer. The runaway of the title story is a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband. In "Passion," a country girl emerging into the larger world via a job in a resort hotel discovers in a single moment of stunning insight the limits and lies of that mysterious emotion. Three stories are about a woman named Juliet-in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild and irresistible love match; in the second she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose life and marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her child, caught, she mistakenly thinks, in the grip of a religious cult, vanishes into an unexplained and profound silence. In the final story, "Powers," a young woman with the ability to read the future sets off a chain of events that involves her husband-to-be and a friend in a lifelong pursuit of what such a gift really means, and who really has it. Throughout this compelling collection, Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes them as vivid as our own neighbors. Here are the infinite betrayals and surprises of love-between men and women, between friends, between parents and children-that are the stuff of all our lives. It is Alice Munro's special gift to make these stories as vivid and real as our own. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 140004281X
Branch Call Number: FICTION MUNRO
Characteristics: 335 p. ;,22 cm


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Munro's tightly told stories about Canadian women spread across classes, ages and time frames. The carefully chosen details linger on long after each story is over. (2004)

Throughout this compelling collection, Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes them as vivid as our own neighbors.

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Sep 16, 2014
  • PPL rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Seriously depressing view of life. Could not finish this book.

Dec 02, 2013
  • mytwin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I own several of Alice's books and since her Nobel win,I have stared to re-read them.Always funny weird or funny ha-ha! (is that a S.W.Ontario expression?)
At any rate I thoroughly enjoy her short stories.

Oct 10, 2013

October 10, 2013: The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story"!


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