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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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Alice Munro has won various prestigious awards for her excellent short stories.
No one else writes with such insight into their characters and is able to cover such emotional ground within the format of a short story.
Some of the stories went by so quickly I felt I needed to pace myself to make them last longer --- I liked them that much.
What more can be said about an author who is compared to Chekov, a master of the short story? I always read her short stories at least twice since they have so much depth. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Preston K. Jewett
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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months ago by tiffanyturtle
She deserves her awards. Her writing is engaging and original. The details are gritty. The people are real. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cleanfreak