Synopses & Reviews
With the ease and mastery that have won extraordinary acclaim for her writing, Alice Munro explores the most intimate and transforming moments of experience -- moments when the shape of a life is set, moments of realization about the burden, the power, and the nature of love.
Alice Munro's characters, vulnerable and inured to hardship, find themselves struggling in a brutal yet mysteriously beautiful world: a young man contends with the responsibility he feels for his brother; a divorced woman returns to her childhood home and the memory of her parents' own complicated yet enduring marriage; a man visits his ex-wife with his current lover, only to feel a closer kinship with his estranged partner and her perceptive ways. In these eleven stories Alice Munro proves once again a sensitive and compassionate chronicler of modern times. Drawing us into the potent and intimate corners of various lives, she tells us much about ourselves, our choices, and our experiences of love.
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013
Alice Munro, who received the National Book Critics Circle Award for her latest collection of stories, The Love of a Good Woman, is widely acknowledged as a modern master of the short story. In this earlier collection, she demonstrates all of those strengths that have won her so many literary accolades.
A divorced woman returns to her childhood home where she confronts the memory of her parents' confounding yet deep bond. The accidental near-drowning of a child exposes the fragility of the trust between children and parents. A young man, remembering a terrifying childhood incident, wrestles with the responsibility he has always felt for his younger brother. In these and other stories Alice Munro proves once again a sensitive and compassionate chronicler of our times. Drawing us into the most intimate corners of ordinary lives, she reveals much about ourselves, our choices, and our experiences of love.
Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published thirteen collections of stories as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women,
and two volumes of Selected Stories.
During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, Granta,
and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron.
Table of Contents
The Progress of Love
Monsieur les Deux Chapeaux
Miles City, Montana
The Moon in the Orange Street Skating Rink
Jesse and Meribeth
A Queer Streak
Circle of Prayer