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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

by (author) Alice Munro

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Apr 2008
Short Stories (single author), Psychological, Contemporary Women
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    Apr 2008
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In this superb collection from one of our finest writers, nine stories draw us immediately into that special place known as Alice Munro territory—a place where an unexpected twist of events or a suddenly recaptured memory can trace the arc of an entire life. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage provides the deep pleasures and rewards that Alice Munro’s large and ever-growing audience has come to expect.

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

"This collection is of such splendid substance that even its sorrows are a consolation."
Boston Globe

"There is a core of mystery in every Munro story, and that is why re-reading them (in my own case, over and over again) is such a continuous pleasure."
The Independent

"But they are not paraphraseable precisely because they are so complex. Munro has a Houdini-like ability to snare you in your own net of description, while the fullness of the story slips away and makes its miraculous escape."
The Globe & Mail
"All the stories share Munro’s characteristic style, looping gracefully from the present to the past, interpolating vignettes that seem extraneous and bringing the strands together in a deceptively gentle windup whose impact takes the breath away."
Publishers Weekly
"For those who have been reading Alice Munro all along, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage adds shading and depth to an old and wonderful conversation. Those who come to her work fresh will find in this book her original and her accumulated talent present on every page."
The National Post

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