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The Love of a Good Woman

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Publisher Comments:

In eight new stories, a master of the form extends and magnifies her great themes — the vagaries of love, the passion that leads down unexpected paths, the chaos hovering just under the surface of things, and the strange, often comical desires of the human heart.

Time stretches out in some of the stories: a man and a woman look back forty years to the summer they met — the summer, as it turns out, that the true nature of their lives was revealed. In others time is telescoped: a young girl finds in the course of an evening that the mother she adores, and whose fluttery sexuality she hopes to emulate, will not sustain her — she must count on herself.

Some choices are made — in a will, in a decision to leave home — with irrevocable and surprising consequences. At other times disaster is courted or barely skirted: when a mother has a startling dream about her baby; when a woman, driving her grandchildren to visit the lakeside haunts of her youth, starts a game that could have dangerous consequences. The rich layering that gives Alice Munro's work so strong a sense of life is particularly apparent in the title story, in which the death of a local optometrist brings an entire town into focus — from the preadolescent boys who find his body, to the man who probably killed him, to the woman who must decide what to do about what she might know. Large, moving, profound — these are stories that extend the limits of fiction.

Review:

"This gathering of eight stories, some of them close to nouvella length and five of which appeared in The New Yorker in recent years, is Ms Munro's tenth book and ninth collection of stories. Nothing radically innovative here; rather the elegantly written, solid, cumulative, and layered rendition (not unlike the stories of the late Peter Taylor) of several generations in their gradual growth and change. Set mostly in rural or resort areas in Canada, these stories are most powerful in their exploration of characters who are remarkably and fully dimensional. Ms. Munro's work has been widely reviewed and highly praised. She is eminently deserving of such attention and admiration." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Review:

"Superb...Long ago, Virginia Woolf described George Eliot as one of the few writers 'for grown-up people.' The same might today, and with equal justice, be said of Alice Munro." Michael Gorra, New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Alice Munro is indisputably a master. Like all great writers, she helps sharpen perception...Her imagination is fearless...A better book of stories can scarcely be imagined." Greg Varner, Washington Post Book World

Review:

"A riveting collection...a lovely book. Munro's stories move through the years with a sneaky grace." Georgia Jones-Davis, San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"A triumph...certain to seal her reputation as our contemporary Chekhov." Carol Shields, Mirabella

Review:

"These astonishing stories remind us, yet again, of the literary miracles Alice Munro continues to perform." Francine Prose, Elle

Synopsis:

In perhaps her boldest collection to date, short story master Munro evokes the vagaries of love, the tension and deceit that lie in wait under the polite surfaces of society, and the strange, often comical desires of the human heart.

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Table of Contents

The love of a good woman — Jakarta — Cortes Island — Save the reaper — The children stay — Rich as stink — Before the change — My mother's dream.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375703638
Author:
Munro, Alice
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Women -- Canada -- Fiction.
Subject:
Canada Social life and customs Fiction.
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
short stories;fiction;canada;canadian;canadian literature;stories;women;20th century;literature;giller prize;relationships;canadian fiction;short fiction;munro;ontario;contemporary fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
19991031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.04x5.20x.76 in. .64 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375703638 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Superb...Long ago, Virginia Woolf described George Eliot as one of the few writers 'for grown-up people.' The same might today, and with equal justice, be said of Alice Munro."
"Review" by , "Alice Munro is indisputably a master. Like all great writers, she helps sharpen perception...Her imagination is fearless...A better book of stories can scarcely be imagined."
"Review" by , "A riveting collection...a lovely book. Munro's stories move through the years with a sneaky grace."
"Review" by , "A triumph...certain to seal her reputation as our contemporary Chekhov."
"Review" by , "These astonishing stories remind us, yet again, of the literary miracles Alice Munro continues to perform."
"Synopsis" by , In perhaps her boldest collection to date, short story master Munro evokes the vagaries of love, the tension and deceit that lie in wait under the polite surfaces of society, and the strange, often comical desires of the human heart.
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