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Author:  Alice Munro
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0307269760
ISBN-13: 9780307269768
Sku: 211244639
Publish Date: 11/17/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  303
 
With clarity and ease, Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.
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Nine new short works by the National Book Critics Circle-winning author of Love of a Good Woman include the stories of a grieving mother who is aided by a surprising source, a woman's response to a humiliating seduction, and a nineteenth-century Russian TmigrT's winter journey to the Riviera.Nine new short works by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Love of a Good Woman include the stories of a grieving mother who is aided by a surprising source, a woman's response to a humiliating seduction and a 19th-century Russian TmigrT's winter journey to the Riviera.
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After the publication of Alice Munro's 2006 short-story collection THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK, Munro hinted that it might be her last book. For decades, Munro has been considered one of contemporary literature's great treasures and the greatest living master of the short story form, so her "retirement" would have been a great loss for lovers of fiction. However, to her fan's delight, new Munro stories continued to appear in The New Yorker and in 2009, on the heels of her prestigious Man Booker International Prize, Munro returned with another collection that proves that, even at 78, her insight into the human condition is unparalleled. Selected as an Editor's Choice Book of the Year 2009 by Atlantic magazine and by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.
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

"All the stories are suffused with this elegiac but unsentimental acceptance of the temporality, change, and transience of fame and reputation as well as love or grief....In Alice Munro's writing...,such commitment to honesty produces exhilaration rather than depression." - Elaine Showalter 08/01/2009

"[T]his collection does show the blend of continuity and change that one wants and hopes to find in a late book by a master....Even in handling more familiar subjects...Munro offers something slightly different from her earlier work, especially in her increased use of an almost melodramatic violence....We may know her world by now, as we know the pieces and squares of a chess board, and yet the rook or the queen can still move in disconcerting ways." - Michael Gorra 08/21/2009

"There aren't enough stories in Munro's latest collection. Yes, in actual number (11), they certainly add up to a good-sized collection. But Munro is in her stride--when no one can approach her short-story genius--a condition in which she fully maintains herself in this, her eleventh collection. Awestruck readers will realize about three-quarters of the way through this book that they won't be satiated." (starred review) - Brad Hooper 08/01/2009

"Munro's latest collection is satisfyingly true to form and demonstrates why she continues to garner laurels....[TOO MUCH HAPPINESS] delivers what she's renowned for: poignancy, flesh and blood characters and a style nothing short of elegant." (starred review) 08/17/2009

"Alice Munro....[is] a genius with words no matter what the subject, evoking lives rich with secret horrors, but it's her skill at articulating the nuances of the female experience that makes one gasp with the shock of recognition....[She] is the best living fiction writer in our language. When will she be awarded the Nobel?" 11/01/2009

"One of the pleasures of reading Alice Munro derives from her ability to impart...[the] sensation....[that y]ou're breathing with someone else's rhythms, seeing someone else's visions as your own....TOO MUCH HAPPINESS represents at once a return to her habitual form and a furthering of her exploratory sensibilities." - Leah Hager Cohen 11/29/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0303
Product attributePublisher:   Alfred A. Knopf
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