Spanning her last five collections, The Love of a Good Woman; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Runaway; The View from Castle Rock; and Too Much Happiness, and bringing together her finest work from the past fifteen years, this new selection of Alice Munro s short stories infuse everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight, written with emotion and empathy. Beautifully observed, remarkably crafted and nothing short of perfect, these stories are a master class in the genre, from a writer who deservedly lays claim to being one of the major fiction writers of our time .
"At 80 Munro is still one of our most fearless explorers of the human being, as she descends, time and again, headlamp on full beam, pickaxe and butter-knife at the ready." * The Times *
"Munro's writing does what proper literature should do - plunges you into reality in all its knotty complexities...Munro transcends the short form." * Sunday Telegraph *
"Munro...is an astute and lavishly confident writer, her clean, well-shaped sentences delivering a near constant supply of stinging insight, together with moments of wonderful soft-fingered grace. Her economy with words can be dazzling." * New Statesman *
"Alice Munro, winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize, is sometimes called the `Canadian Chekhov' for her mastery of the short-story form. This new selection... proves that the nickname, for all that it's become a cliche, is well deserved." * Time Out *
"Munro is so good that one gropes for superlatives...(her) stories read like short novels; entire lives comprehended in a peripheral glimpse, an uncanny anticipation, a sudden intuition." * Sunday Telegraph *