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Now in paperback. Once again, Alice Munro takes on complex, even harrowing emotions and events and renders them into stories that surprise,amaze, and shed light on the unpredictable ways we accommodate to what happens in our lives. A young wife and mother is given a release from her extraordinary pain by the most unlikely person--the husband who killed their three children--which allows her to enter her life again. The young victim of an unusual and humiliating seduction (which involves reading Housmann in the nude) discovers an interesting and clever way to get some of her own back and get on with things. An older woman, safely long-married to another man, discovers in a newly published volume of stories a beautifully written fiction of the end of her first marriage and how the young author came to write it. Other stories uncover the "deep holes" in marriage and their consequences, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and how a young boy's disfigured face becomes his fate, except for a short, wonderful period of his child
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**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** A brilliant, compelling new collection from one of the world's greatest living short-story writers, and winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2009.

About the Author

Winner of the Man Booker International Prize for 2009, Alice Munro is the author of eleven collections of stories, most recently The View from Castle Rock, and a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. She has received many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, the W.H. Smith Book Award in the UK, the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Beggar Maid. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives with her husband in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron in Canada.

Reviews

"She writes with a beautiful clarity, an elemental humanity and a marvellous, limpid, funny, apprehension of what goes on" -- Jane Shilling * Sunday Telegraph * "Some of the most honest, intuitive and exacting fiction, long or short, of our time" -- Tom Gatti * The Times * "Munro's bold, unflinching narratives have taken the short story places many a novelist has feared to tread... That she does this in a style both calm and deliberate, fluid yet tightly controlled, stark yet compassionate, is what makes her insights into the human condition so profound" -- Mary Crockett * Scotsman * "Written with veteran assurance, brimming with intensely believable characters and rich social detail, these dispatches from the most unsparing reaches of Munro's imagination confirm her acclaimed place on the highest ground of contemporary fiction" -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times * "Alice Munro commands enormous respect and almost uncritical adoration from her readers" -- Elaine Showalter * Literary Review *

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