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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Friend of My Youth

Large Print Edition

by (author) Alice Munro

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
May 1997
Short Stories (single author)
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Men and women recall the events, the long-buried yearnings and dreams, the sometimes puzzling choices that have made them what they are.

In this collection of short stories, the nature of human relationships, sexual adultery and honour and love is laid bare.

About the author

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published ten previous books-Dance of the Happy Shades; Lives Of Girls And Women; Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You; Who Do You Think You Are?; The Moons Of Jupiter; The Progress Of Love; Friend of My Youth; Open Secrets; The Love of a Good Woman; and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage-as well as Selected Stories, an anthology of stories culled from her dazzling body of work.

During her distinguished career, Munro has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the W.H. Smith Award in the United Kingdom and, in the United States, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award, and the Rea Award for the Short Story.

In Canada, her prize-winning record is so extraordinary-three Governor General's Awards, two Giller Prizes (one of which was for Runaway), the Trillium Book Award, the Jubilee Prize, and the Libris Award, among many others-that it has been ironically suggested that as such a perennial winner, she no longer qualifies for new prizes. Abroad, acclaim continues to pour in. Both Runaway and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book Award, Caribbean and Canada region, and were chosen as one of the Books of the Year by The New York Times.

Alice Munro's stories appear regularly in The New Yorker, as well as in The Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Night, and The Paris Review. She and her husband divide their time between Clinton (in “Alice Munro country”), Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews

"Ten short stories depicting the magical wonder of the human condition, across time and across continents. Alice Munro "culls the meaning from the ordinary details of life with grace and precision. Few writers cause reviewers to run out of superlatives. Alice Munro is one of them."
Calgary Herald

"What Alice Munro makes are filigreed stories which look like lace, but which turn out, when they're touched, to be like iron."
London Free Press

"Munro circles mysteries of our existence: how lives touch and are separate. She doesn't confront or explain... Like life itself, we come close to clear understanding, then recede... Munro can be read with fresh insight again and again... Her work is like a mystery that never goes stale."
Ottawa Citizen

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