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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

The Love of a Good Woman

by (author) Alice Munro

foreword by A.S. Byatt

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
Short Stories (single author), Contemporary Women, Psychological
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Eight stories about what people will do for love, and the unexpected routes their passion will force them to take. A prim, old landlady in Vancouver with a crime of passion lurking in her past. A young mother with a secret life who abandons her children to be with her lover. A country doctor in the 1960s discovered by his daughter to be helping desperate women, his "special patients." These and other fascinating characters weave their way through stories that track the changes that time brings to families, lovers and even to friends who share old, intimate secrets about the "prostration of love"in a collection that is clear-eyed about the clutter of our emotional lives.
The rich layering that gives Alice Munro's work such a strong sense of life is particularly apparent in the title story, in which the death of a local opto-metrist brings an entire community into focus—from the preadolescent boys who find his body to the man who probably killed him, to the woman who must decide what to do about what she might know.
Large, moving, profound—these are stories that extend the limits of fiction.

About the authors

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

"With The Love of a Good Woman, Munro gives readers what they need and what they want: mystery, insight, recognition, escape and enthrallment: in short, superb fiction.”
“Munro is that remarkable combination of a writer’s writer and a reader’s writer. No other author writing today more effectively encapsulates the full range of women’s emotional lives and experiences.”
Kitchener-Waterloo Record
“[Munro’s] gaze is unflinching, her tone is utterly unsentimental, and yet her intrinsic wisdom and her understanding of human nature are staggering in their breadth and depth.”
Ottawa Citizen
“Munro’s truths are so universal, and her characters so real that readers are left feeling certain that they know them, that they could even pick up the phone and chat with them about the incidents described in each of these wonderful tales.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“[Munro] is Canada’s premiere chronicler of the human heart, packing a novel into each of her short stories.”
Toronto Star

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