Search Results: "Alice Munro"


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CARRIED AWAY by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2006

"In the last century, we have had no better guide than this indispensable author."
The opening story of Alice Munro's rich new collection, The View from Castle Rock, glancingly refers to the talent of her ancestor, Scottish author James Hogg, for "embroidering" factual histories: i.e., he was known to practice "some canny lying of the sort you can depend upon a writer to do." Read full book review >

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THE LOVE OF A GOOD WOMAN by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The unfortunate result is her weakest book yet."
The Canadian Chekhov's ninth book (after her recent triumphs Friend of My Youth, 1990, and Open Secrets, 1994) contains eight long stories that resemble Munro's mature work in their tendency toward leisurely development and complex narrative. Read full book review >

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DEAR LIFE by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"The author knows what matters, and the stories pay attention to it."
A revelation, from the most accomplished and acclaimed of contemporary short story writers. Read full book review >

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THE PROGRESS OF LOVE by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1986

"Yet everything here—strong and less so—still speaks of a writer who does something of her own and recognizably different with short fiction."
More splendid examples of Munroe's unusual way with the story: how she seems to write about nothing fixed or stable, to pile on specificity upon dense specificity, then have the story resolve movingly without it having precisely homed. Read full book review >

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SELECTED STORIES by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The collection of the year.'"
A rich selection of 28 compact and resonant stories (they're novels in miniature, more often than not) drawn from seven highly praised collections previously published by the Ontario writer. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2004

"In a word: magnificent."
Retrospect and resolution, neither fully comprehended nor ultimately satisfying: such are the territories the masterful Munro explores in her tenth collection. Read full book review >

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OPEN SECRETS by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"Storytelling made essential by one of the true pros."
With a few strokes of her pen, Munro (Friend of My Youth, 1990) has the unerring ability to familiarize us with a foreign country or the entire life of another person. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH HAPPINESS by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2009

"Until the next Munro collection."
Every story collection from Canada's Alice Munro receives such critical plaudits that it's tempting for reviewers to recycle superlatives and readers to take her for granted. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2001

"Rich, mature, authoritative stories veined with respectful attention to the complexity and singularity of vagrant, cluttered and compromised lives."
Its dreadful title is just about the only thing wrong with this stunning tenth collection from Canada's matchless chronicler of women's external fates, inner lives, and painful journeys toward and away from self-understanding (The Love of a Good Woman, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 21, 1979

"A bountifully compassionate and moving book, some portions of which have appeared in The New Yorker."
In these ten interlinked, chronological stories about Ontario girl Rose, Munro—like Joyce Carol Oates in her early novels—penetrates, with bowsprit knowledge and (unlike Oates) irrepressible tenderness, the iced-in continent of the working-class poor and the erratic course of those who get away. Read full book review >

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THE VIEW FROM CASTLE ROCK by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"In the last century, we have had no better guide than this indispensable author."
The opening story of Alice Munro's rich new collection, The View from Castle Rock, glancingly refers to the talent of her ancestor, Scottish author James Hogg, for "embroidering" factual histories: i.e., he was known to practice "some canny lying of the sort you can depend upon a writer to do." Read full book review >

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FAMILY FURNISHINGS by Alice Munro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"In fact, all that can be expected from these economical, expertly told stories is that they're near peerless, modern literary fiction at its very best."
Top-shelf collection by Canadian Nobelist Munro, perhaps the best writer of short stories in English today. Read full book review >