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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.
The narrative is unusual:There is no straigtforward story line, no easy resolutions, no pleading for sympathy,forgiveness, and understanding. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wiltrud Goldschmidt
Is Alice Munro, winner of three Governor General Awards, the Giller Prize, and numerous other Canadian and international literary awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rod Raglin
Alice Munro - you can't just read her once. You've got to read her again, and again, and again.
Her stories written about women and men who live lives - like you and I... Read more
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 5 months ago by cocopo
Alice Munro is a prolific writer. The story lines are more on the negative side but they are very thought provokingPublished 5 months ago by Karen M. Beeze