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Author:  Alice Munro
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1400077915
ISBN-13: 9781400077915
Sku: 31196693
Publish Date: 11/8/2005
Pages:  335
Age Range:  NA
 
RUNAWAY||Carla heard the car coming before it topped the little rise in the road that around here they called a hill. It's her, she thought. (from the first line)
"Runaway" is the first story in this stunning collection, sure to be a runaway success. All of the eight stories are new, published in book form for the first time--a special feast for the millions of Munro fans around the world.
From the Publisher:
A collection of short fiction captures the lives of women of all ages and circumstances, as they deal with the limits and lies of passion, unfulfilled dreams, motherhood, betrayal, and the bonds of love.In Alice Munro's 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.
Annotation:
The eight long stories in Alice Munro's 11th collection (2004) include three featuring a woman named Julie Henderson ("Chance," "Soon," and "Silence") that, together, comprise a poignant life story. The other stories are "Passion," "Trespasses," "Tricks," "Powers," and the astonishing title story, which is about a woman who is tortured by her marriage but unable to leave it. As she does so often, Munro writes about women who would like to run away but who either can't, or won't, or finally do--only to discover disaster or boredom. Named by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2004.
Author Bio
Alice Munro
Born in Wigham, Ontario, Alice Munro attended the University of Western Ontario, graduating in 1951. That year she married James Munro, founded the beloved Munro's Books bookstore in Victoria, and had three daughters before getting divorced in 1976. She married Gerald Fremlin in 1976. Except for two early novels-in-stories, LIVES OF GIRLS AND WOMEN and THE BEGGAR MAID, Munro writes only short stories, although she said in a 1998 interview, "My ambition is to write a novel before I die." Her work has won her many awards and the nearly unremitting praise of other authors for the depth and richness of her characters, her startling shifts in time and perspective, her strong grasp of regionalism, and her Chekhovian ability to encompass large novelistic themes in relatively few pages . She appears with regularity in The Best American Short Stories series. Her recent book THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK blends short fiction with true stories from her life and the lives of her ancestors. In 2009, Alice Munro won the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America....What makes Munro's growth as an artist so crisply and breathtakingly visible...is precisely the familiarity of her materials. look what she can do with nothing but her own small story; the more she returns to it, the more she finds....More than any writer since Chekhov, Munro strives for and achieves, in each of her stories, a gestaltlike completeness in the representation of a life....Reading Munro puts me in that state of quiet reflection in which I think about my own life: about the decisions I've made, the things I've done and haven't done, the kind of person I am, the prospect of death. She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, that I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion....Basically, RUNAWAY is so good that I don't want to talk about it here. Quotation can't do the book justice, and neither can synopsis. The way to do it justice is to read it." - Jonathan Lethem 11/14/2004

London Review of Books
"Munro's sphere of inquiry is both narrow and deep: she knows the larger world because she has taken it on herself to know herself. And because she is someone of prodigious drive and gifts--of intelligence and sensitivity, curiosity and imagination--what she produces is always worth paying attention to." - Mary Hawthorne 02/17/2005

Atlantic Monthly
"There are no happy endings here, but neither are these tales tragedies. They are constructions of calm perplexity, coolly observed human mysteries....The thrilling unexpectedness of real life, which Munro rightly insists on, will in her hands keep a reader glued....There seems nothing missing in this yet again brilliant collection....Someone writing at this level well into her seventies...is a literary inspiration in itself." - Lorrie Moore December 2004

Literary Review
"The conflicts between the needs of daughters and the desires of frustrated mothers, between the needs of mothers and the desires of brilliant daughters, may be perennial and irreconcilable, but we can rejoice that at seventy-three Alice Munro is still exploring them with such unflinching honesty and such undiminished power." - Elaine Showalter February 2005

Publishers Weekly
"[Munro] continues to perfect her virtuosic formula....While her style typifies the traditionally realistic, often domestic genre..., Munro's stories are also global, big-hearted and warm....One never knows quite where a Munro story will end, only that it will leave an incandescent trail of psychological insight." 10/11/2004

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Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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