- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (November 11, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067976674X
- ISBN-13: 978-0679766742
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Selected Stories, 1968-1994 Paperback – November 11, 1997
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Praise from fellow writers:
“Her work felt revolutionary when I came to it, and it still does.” —Jhumpa Lahiri
“She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, whom I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion.” —Jonthan Franzen
“The authority she brings to the page is just lovely.” —Elizabeth Strout
“She’s the most savage writer I’ve ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive.” —Jeffery Eugenides
“Alice Munro can move characters through time in a way that no other writer can.”—Julian Barnes
“She is a short-story writer who…reimagined what a story can do.” —Loorie Moore
“There’s probably no one alive who’s better at the craft of the short story.” —Jim Shepard
“A true master of the form.” —Salman Rushdie
“A wonderful writer.” —Joyce Carol Oates
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Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty-eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power. In her Selected Stories, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever. To read these stories--about a traveling salesman and his children on an impromptu journey; an abandoned woman choosing between seduction and solitude--is to succumb to the spell of a writer who enchants her readers utterly even as she restores them to their truest selves.
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On the other hand, her writing is beautiful. She has ways of stating things that are remarkable. In fact, I started marking (underlining) some of her unique and apt descriptions; but I had to stop because there were too many notable phrases. I'm sure that she is a wonderful model for anyone who desires to write short stories. This edition of Selected Stories has an introduction by Munro that explains her goals and process in writing; that section in itself is very valuable.
So, overall, I'd give it 3.5 stars and round up to 4, because she is Alice Munro after all.