Alice Munro has a genius for entering the lives of ordinary people and capturing the passions and contradictions that lie just below the surface. In ...Show synopsisAlice Munro has a genius for entering the lives of ordinary people and capturing the passions and contradictions that lie just below the surface. In this brilliant new collection she takes mainly the lives of women - unruly, ungovernable, unpredictable, unexpected, funny, sexy and completely recognisable - and brings their hidden desires bubbling to the surface. The love of a good woman is not as pure and virtuous as it seems: as in her title story it can be needy and murderous. Here are women behaving badly, leaving husbands and children, running off with unstuitable lovers, pushing everyday life to the limits, and if they don't behave badly, they think surprising and disturbing thoughts.Hide synopsis
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This collection by Alice Munro is remarkable precisely because the stories are enigmatic, mysterious, multilayered, and often resist resolution. At times they even feel improvisatory, yet a false note is never struck. They are also quiet stories, but it's their complex depths that set the author apart from her contemporaries. Nor are they minimalist; some of them are quite long. "Chekhovian" is a word often applied to Munro's fiction, which is certainly true of its knowledge of human foibles and failings. But here, in Flannery O'Connor's phrase, Munro "tends toward mystery." This is a fiction that denies closure, willingly embraces open-endedness, and suggests even a tentative Woolfian unknowingness about the possible future.
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