First-ever selection of one of the world's greatest living short-story writers, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2009.
This first-ever selection of Alice Munro’s stories sums up her genius. Her territory is the secrets that cackle beneath the façade of everyday lives, the pain and promises, loves and fears of apparently ordinary men and women whom she renders extraordinary and unforgettable.
About the Author
Alice Munro is the author of The Beggar Maid (shortlisted for the Booker Prize) a novel and several outstanding collections of stories, including Open Secrets (winner of the WHSmith Literary Award), Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage and most recently the acclaimed Runaway. Her work appears regularly in The New Yorker and she is a winner of the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Prize in her native Canada.
"Munro is a great realist, and her powers come from her sense of the way in which communities - especially small, socially anxious, limited ones - construct and guard their reality." -- James Wood * London Review of Books *
"One of the most esteemed writers in the world....Few writers capture the moral ambiguities, murkiness, messiness - and joy - of relationships with as much empathy and grace as Munro" * Guardian *
"Her work is practically perfect. Any writer has to gawk when reading her because her work is very subtle and precise" -- Jane Smiley
"The best short story writer alive... Munro can pack more into one of her stories - more subtlety, more grace, more tender twists of the human heart - than many novelists do in a lifetime's oeuvre" * Independent *
"One of the world's best living short-story writers...say that she has made the short story her own and reinvigorated it somehow falls short - she has reinvented it" * Observer *