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As always, Munro's prose is both simple and moving, as when the letter-writing protagonist of "Before the Change" sends her love to an ex-fiancé:
What if people really did that--sent their love through the mail to get rid of it? What would it be that they sent? A box of chocolates with centers like the yolks of turkey's eggs. A mud doll with hollow eye sockets. A heap of roses slightly more fragrant than rotten. A package wrapped in bloody newspaper that nobody would want to open.The fictions in this volume burn with a kind of dry-eyed anti-romanticism--even the ones whose plots verge on domestic melodrama (a baby's near-death in "My Mother's Dream"; an adulterous wife in "The Children Stay"). Densely populated, elliptical in construction, each story circles around its principal events and relationships like planets around a sun. The result is layered and complex, its patterns not always apparent on first reading: in other words, something like life. --Mary Park --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
I have not finished reading the book, but I was disappointed by the story which bears the title of the book. I had expected something very different. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Monica Otterstein
I heard so much about this book that when it arrived in my mailbox, I quickly opened and sat down to read. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2011 by GloWorm
I am not usually a fan of short fiction, so when my book club decided we would read The Love of a Good Woman, I was skeptical. Read morePublished on July 8 2007 by Teddy
Munro's tone and style have only improved with time. The Love of a Good Woman has depth and insight the mark the author's rare voice. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2004 by Julie Pickensell
In Munro's Love Of A Good Woman 8 stories set in British Columbia or Ontario involve secrets and choices. Of these 8, only 2 are good. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004 by John Mutford
Get this collection simply for The Children Stay, one of the
most effective evocations of ache and regret ever set down on paper (and then, because she is Alice Munro, she... Read more
We all know that there are quite a lot of people who believe that Alice Munro is one of the greatest short story writers alive, and I could not agree with them more. Read morePublished on June 10 2001 by Manuel Haas
This collection of anachronous, dense short stories intrigued me. As a first-time Munro reader, I at first found it difficult to appreciate the patterns, details, and lack of... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2001 by "kwkq94b"
I have a hard time reading short stories sometimes, but these were excellent. The first one, which titles the book, is almost a novella, very well crafted. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2000 by Manola Sommerfeld