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Away from Her

Away from Her

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Condition: Used, some page discoloration
Pages
448
Language
English
Publisher
Penguin Group
Publication date
2007-01-01
Binding
Mass market paperback
ISBN
9780143055389
Dimensions
10.79 x 2.54 x 19.05 cm
Author(s)
Alice Munro

Originally published: Toronto : M & S, 2001 under the title: Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage.

Readers know what they are going to get when they pick up an unfamiliar Alice Munro collection, and yet almost every page carries a bounty of unexpected action, feeling, language, and detail. Her stories are always unique, blazing an invigorating originality out of her seemingly commonplace subjects. Each collection develops her oeuvre in increments, subtly expanding her range.

This anthology is, of course, no exception. It is a fairly conservative collection of nine stories, none of which move far beyond Munro's favored settings: the tiny towns and burgeoning cities of southern Ontario and British Columbia. There are glimpses of youth here--in the title story, an epistolary prank by two teenage girls leads to a one-sided cross country elopement and, seemingly, a happy marriage, and in "Nettles," disrupted childhood affection fleetingly returns through a chance meeting--but most of these pieces are stories of aging women and men, confronting the twin travails of death and late love. As is always the case with Munro, their plots are too elegantly elaborate to summarize, and their unsentimental power is a given; baroque praise would be futile. Read these stories--it is the only way to really understand the miracles that Munro so regularly performs.

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