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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage 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. --Jack Illingworth
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Love Alice Munro's writing, especially because she often writes about women. First discovered her in The New Yorker magazine.Published 12 days ago by MarthaP
a great collection from one of my favorite story tellers. simple yet elaborate style, flowing yet challenging representation, many lives many types many characters.. Read morePublished 13 days ago by NGT
Alice Munro is one of my favorite authors. Her short stories are reflective; they step carefully. Sometimes a story feels like it's taking me nowhere, but when I arrive at the last... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ginger B.
Nearly evey sentence is a beautifully presented surprise. Alice Munro more than deserved her Nobel Prize.Published 3 months ago by RICHARD MORGAN
Pretty good, but wouldn't buy. Maybe you'll find something more in it than I could.Published 4 months ago by Ashton
This is the worse book our book club has read in nine years. Over 20 people men and women completely disliked it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laurene Walker
Alice Munro writes in such deceptively simple prose, you read it quickly, love every minute and then look back at this prize winning author and try to figure out what it is that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by rewayland