Selected Stories (Paperback)

Author: Munro, Alice

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Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty-eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power. In her Selected Stories, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever. To read these stories--about a traveling salesman and his children on an impromptu journey; an abandoned woman choosing between seduction and solitude--is to succumb to the spell of a writer who enchants her readers utterly even as she restores them to their truest selves.

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679766742
SKU 30119157
Format Paperback
ISBN10 067976674X
Release Date 4/10/2007
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Author Info
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
"Munro has been called, with good reason, North America's Chekhov. Her rich elaborations of seemingly commonplace lives, in which she invariably locates the imaginative heart of lives her characters wished and meant to have lived, have grown in power and complexity over the years, to the point where the best stories in her 1994 volume 'Open Secrets'...have placed her in serious contention for both the Nobel Prize and for the designation of best living short-story writer."
"This is what all art seeks: a coming to terms. What Munro achieves, and what she offers to her readers, is a vantage from which such a consummation feels possible."
"[The later stories], in their freedom of range, their intricately arranged surprises and their historical imagination, are like few others. One must go back to Tolstoy's 'Hadji Murad' and Chekhov's 'In the Ravine' for comparable largeness; of contemporary story writers, only the Mark Helprin of 'A Dove of the East' comes to mind....As well as a spirited, acutely perceptive tale-teller, Munro is an implacable destiny-spinner, whose authorial voice breaks into her fiction like that of a God who can no longer bear to keep quiet."
"It is a rare pleasure, in this era of fast-cut, fragmented fiction, to read short stories that take their time."
"These stories are sobering, even disturbing. They are not remotely sentimental. But they remind the reader--and this volume is intended for the reader not yet familiar with this author--that it is not necessary to make a splash or to strike an attitude. Absolute sobriety, and the stealth required to make it look natural, will always occupy the higher ground."
"...Alice Munro...has never been in fashion....[Her] risk-taking is a quiet business and her imaginative investigation of people's lives is offset by an almost perverse discretion....These stories are anything but melodramatic....The characteristic Munro protagonist is a woman, not beautiful but attractive, not brilliant but clever, who searches for patterns underlying her experience but sees that they have to authority to explain it."
"Alice Munro is no purveyor of sunny platitudes. These are hard, clear, tough tales, evoking the sorrow and the homely cruelties of life in a harsh place. Her people seem both familiar and strange in ways that recall some of the characters of Carson McCullers and Richard Ford."
"Munro has been called, with good reason, North America's Chekhov. Her rich elaborations of seemingly commonplace lives, in which she invariably locates the imaginative heart of lives her characters wished and meant to have lived, have grown in power and complexity over the years, to the point where the best stories in her 1994 volume 'Open Secrets'...have placed her in serious contention for both the Nobel Prize and for the designation of best living short-story writer."
"This is what all art seeks: a coming to terms. What Munro achieves, and what she offers to her readers, is a vantage from which such a consummation feels possible."
"[The later stories], in their freedom of range, their intricately arranged surprises and their historical imagination, are like few others. One must go back to Tolstoy's 'Hadji Murad' and Chekhov's 'In the Ravine' for comparable largeness; of contemporary story writers, only the Mark Helprin of 'A Dove of the East' comes to mind....As well as a spirited, acutely perceptive tale-teller, Munro is an implacable destiny-spinner, whose authorial voice breaks into her fiction like that of a God who can no longer bear to keep quiet."
"It is a rare pleasure, in this era of fast-cut, fragmented fiction, to read short stories that take their time."
"...Alice Munro...has never been in fashion....[Her] risk-taking is a quiet business and her imaginative investigation of people's lives is offset by an almost perverse discretion....These stories are anything but melodramatic....The characteristic Munro protagonist is a woman, not beautiful but attractive, not brilliant but clever, who searches for patterns underlying her experience but sees that they have to authority to explain it."
"These stories are sobering, even disturbing. They are not remotely sentimental. But they remind the reader--and this volume is intended for the reader not yet familiar with this author--that it is not necessary to make a splash or to strike an attitude. Absolute sobriety, and the stealth required to make it look natural, will always occupy the higher ground."
"Alice Munro is no purveyor of sunny platitudes. These are hard, clear, tough tales, evoking the sorrow and the homely cruelties of life in a harsh place. Her people seem both familiar and strange in ways that recall some of the characters of Carson McCullers and Richard Ford."
From the Publisher
Annotation A collection of 28 stories from over the span of Munro's career.
Editors Note Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty-eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power. In her Selected Stories, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever. To read these stories--about a traveling salesman and his children on an impromptu journey; an abandoned woman choosing between seduction and solitude--is to succumb to the spell of a writer who enchants her readers utterly even as she restores them to their truest selves.
Editors Note 2 Spanning almost 30 years and settings that range from big cities to the small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together 28 stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power. Includes a new Introduction. National review.
Annotation 3 This collection of stories--28 of them, from all phases of Alice Munro's career--include many of her most famous but also a few unexpected choices. Among them are "Walker Brothers Cowboy," "Dance of the Happy Shades," "Carried Away," "The Progress of Love," "The Albanian Virgin," "A Wilderness Station," "Fits," "The Beggar Maid," and "Vandals." As always, Munro writes about ordinary people living ordinary lives in the towns and cities and rural areas of Canada.
Annotation 4 This collection of stories--28 of them, from all phases of Alice Munro's career--include many of her most famous but also a few unexpected choices. Among them are the early stories "Walker Brothers Cowboy" and "Dance of the Happy Shades;" "The Beggar Maid," "Fits," and "Lichen" from Munro's middle period; and "Carried Away," "The Progress of Love," "The Albanian Virgin," "A Wilderness Station," and "Vandals" from more recent collections. As always, Munro writes about ordinary people living ordinary lives in the towns and cities and rural areas of Canada.
Annotation 5 This collection of stories--28 of them, from all phases of Alice Munro's career--include many of her most famous but also a few unexpected choices. Among them are the early stories "Walker Brothers Cowboy" and "Dance of the Happy Shades;" "The Beggar Maid," "Fits," and "Lichen" from Munro's middle period; and "Carried Away," "The Progress of Love," "The Albanian Virgin," "A Wilderness Station," and "Vandals" from more recent collections. As always, Munro writes about ordinary people living ordinary lives in the towns and cities and rural areas of Canada.
Editors Note 6 A selection of short fiction drawn from the author's seven collections spans almost thirty years of work and includes twenty-eight tales dealing with such themes as love, parents and children, seduction, marriage, sex, murder, dreams, and death
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