From the book jacket:
In Alice Munros superb new collection, we find
stories about women of all ages and circumstances, their lives made palpable by
the subtlety and empathy of this incomparable writer. Throughout this
compelling collection, her understanding of the people about whom she writes
makes them as vivid as our own neighbors. Here are the infinite betrayals and
surprises of lovebetween men and women, between friends, between parents and
childrenthat are the stuff of all our lives. It is Alice Munros special gift
to make these stories as vivid and real as our own.
This is Munro's 12th book, following Hateship, Friendship,
Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
(2001). It contains eight short stories
(several of which have appeared elsewhere - in the New Yorker I believe) that
Beyond the Book
Alice Munro was born in 1931 in Wingham, a small town in southwestern Ontario,
to a family of small farmers. She received a scholarship to the University of
Western Ontario, but left before graduating in order to marry another student,
James Munro. The Munros raised three daughters and for several years ran a
bookshop in Victoria; they eventually divorced and Alice Munro married Gerald
Fremlin, a geographer. The Fremlins divide their time between Clinton,
Ontario--not far from Munro's hometown of Wingham--and Comox, British Columbia.
She is the three-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award, Canada's
highest; the Lannan Literary Award; and the W. H. Smith Award, given to Open
as the best book published in the United...