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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.
The stories average about 35 pages in length on average but I finished each one feeling I had read and been captured and engrossed in an entire book.
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.
Horrible horrible book. Such a waste of my time. I'd heard such great things about Munro but his was nothing but a disappointment. I'd give it zero stars if possible. Read morePublished 1 day ago by cocopo
Alice Munro is a prolific writer. The story lines are more on the negative side but they are very thought provokingPublished 6 days ago by Karen M. Beeze
I have reread 2 stores so far which is something I never do....because they are so beautifully complex and they leave you with stories that haunt you....great collectionPublished 25 days ago by delores k linscomb
It was the first time I read a book like this, composed by several short stories, but targeting the same concept. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Lina Wójcicka
A beautifully written short story collection with an underlying theme.Published 1 month ago by Marianne Naes
My reviews tend to be on the more personal side, which I know some people disagree with. But when I read a book that comes into my life at just the right moment, my passion gets... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katherine Mackenzie
I had always ignored Munro until the moment she won the Nobel Prize. I mean, how could a woman who wrote about such mundane things ever interest me. How wrong I was. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D Fisher