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- Publisher: CHATTO & WINDUS
- Format: Hardback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 234mm x 44mm | 780g
- Publication date: 1 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0701179880
- ISBN 13: 9780701179885
- Sales rank: 66,748
This is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Spanning her last five collections and bringing together her finest work from the past fifteen years, this new selection of Alice Munro's stories infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight. Written with emotion and empathy, beautifully observed and remarkably crafted, these stories are nothing short of perfection. A masterclass in the genre, from an author who deservedly lays claim to being one of the 'major fiction writers of our time'.
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**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Alice Munro was born in 1931 and is the author of twelve collections of stories, most recently Too Much Happiness, 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 WHSmith Book Award in the UK, the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Beggar Maid, and has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize 2009 for her overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, 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.
"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
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'Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America. She is speaking to you and to me right here, right now.' Jonathan Franzen 'The characteristic genius of Alice Munro is that moments and observations and feelings that many other authors might forget or consider too trivial to contemplate, she excavates and reveals for what they are, moments where the meaning of life, but not only that, the feeling of life is laid bare, and not only understood but relived.' Jane Smiley, Chair of Judges, Man Booker International Prize 2009 'Alice Munro is among the major writers of English fiction of our time... Among writers, her name is spoken in hushed tones.' Margaret Atwood
'Munro's stories enact what can only be called a sort of magic' Ali Smith Spanning her last five collections and bringing together her finest work from the past fifteen years, this new selection of Alice Munro's stories infuses everyday lives with a wealth of nuance and insight. Written with emotion and empathy, beautifully observed and remarkably crafted, these stories are nothing short of perfection. A masterclass in the genre, from an author who deservedly lays claim to being one of the 'major fiction writers of our time'.