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Runaway is no exception. The stories take place throughout Canada--northern Ontario, the Prairies, the West Coast, Stratford--and feature women and men drifting in and out of each other's orbits, pulled by forces they don't understand. In "Runaway," a woman considers leaving her husband with the help of a neighbor, but the husband has other plans. In "Chance," a woman leaves her life behind in a quest for a man she met on a train crossing the country. Their intertwined lives play out through two more stories, "Soon" and "Silence," but the path they follow is as unpredictable to the reader as it is to them. In "Trespasses," a small town's women dream of escaping their lives only to find themselves in lives they never imagined.
What really marks the stories is Munro's sense of mood. There's a sense of hidden menace or even violence everywhere in Runaway. It occasionally erupts, but always in surprising and unexpected ways, and with unintended consequences. Munro may be an old-fashioned storyteller, but she understands chaos theory well enough. The same story? Sure. But it's a damn good one. --Peter Darbyshire, Amazon.ca --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Alice Munro has delivered stories that ring with emotion and truth. Her characters are women, lonely, scared, worried, all who want to escape or retain some lost knowledge. Read morePublished 3 days ago by K.N.R.
I definitely didn't love the book and I am confused as to how it won the Nobel Prize.Published 2 months ago by Addie
Munro is a gifted author, but these stories were too dark for me. If you can manage that, they're great - they really work, landing with a sad thud.Published 2 months ago by ABK
I read these stories perhaps a decade ago, and am currently in the middle of re-reading and remembering how thoroughly I enjoyed this collection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Allthegoodnamesaretaken
The narrative is unusual:There is no straigtforward story line, no easy resolutions, no pleading for sympathy,forgiveness, and understanding. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wiltrud Goldschmidt