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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.
Runaway is a collection of short stories written by Alice Munroe.
I am happy to report I was quite mistaken, as author Alice Munro is a gifted writer whose multi-layered writing style can be enjoyed by anyone.
It is just a build-up to what takes you by surprise or sometimes shock at the end of the story or in the middle.
Munro is a master writer and storyteller. These slice-of-life stories about (mostly) women and men struggling with life realities entertain and teach. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jay
Very good short stories, written with style and care for the characters. The title story is particularly good.Published 14 days ago by nigel barnard
This book was unlike any I have read, with possibly the exception of "Olive Kittridge." The stories were deeply detailed; I sometimes wondered why certain passages were... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Water7996
Yikes. I don't think there is much argument that Munro is a skilled writer, but this reader wonders why she chose to write these stories about flawed and basically uninteresting... Read morePublished 1 month ago by apty
moments when my heart stopped. the writing is that breathtaking.now on to reading e everything she has ever written! starting now.Published 1 month ago by Marceline