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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Not normally a big fan of short stories, I found this collection to be delightful. I am an Alice Munro fan, so I would probably enjoy just about anything written by her. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Me too!
This was my first read of Alice Munro's work. Although well written, overall it didn't stir my interest. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Valerie Allen
Love this author. Her style seems timeless. The stories relatable and usually thinkers that you will want to discuss with others!Published 1 month ago by tiffanyturtle
She deserves her awards. Her writing is engaging and original. The details are gritty. The people are real. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cleanfreak
Slogging through this one, not her best - contrary to other reviews. Still, well written and with insight and depth, though not as much as The Moons of Jupiter.Published 2 months ago by forHarl