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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.
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 15 days ago by D Fisher
An exquisite collection of stories that will linger in your mind and heart for many moons to come.Published 1 month ago by Deanne Baine
I've been touched by each and every story in the book. Masterfully told, special characters, well written, very fluent and always with an unexpected surprise... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Selma
I enjoyed this book immensely. Loved the format because I could pick it up and read a fully developed story with characters that I felt that I knew. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LWLGA
Huge fan. Think Munro is probably the world's best contemporary fiction writer, and certainly its short story master--and I've thought this for many years, long before she won the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by spreadingthelove
approaching alice munro’s short stories for the first time puts plenty of pressure on a reader. alice munro has won a nobel prize for literature after winning scores of other... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Case Quarter
I loved this book. Alice Munro entertains and illumines . Her style is crystal clear and the the plot is absorbing .Published 2 months ago by Genevieve