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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (April 4 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143054953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143054955
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alice Munro's stories are universally admired-if one defines the 'universe' as that part of the world's population that reads good books." - Wayne Johnston

"In Alice Munro’s hands, the smallest moments contain the central truths of a lifetime." - Maclean’s

About the Author

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published sixteen 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; Selected Stories; The Love of a Good Woman; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Runaway; The View from Castle Rock; Alice Munro’s Best, Too Much Happiness, and Dear Life. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the recent Nobel Prize in Literature which cited her as “a master of the contemporary short story.”
 
Here at home she has won too many awards to list, including three Governor General’s Literary Awards, two Giller Prizes, several Trillium Prizes and a number of Libris Awards. Elsewhere she has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, Italy’s Pescara prize, the United States’ National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Night, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages.
 
Alice Munro divides her time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By glen cochrane on Dec 18 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm amazed that there aren't any reviews for this book yet. I must be in the wrong place, or somehow can't access the list of pouring praise for this book. I rarely read books a second time, even ones that I like, however I can't count how many times I've read This wonderful collection of short stories combined to make a perfect novel.

Munro has produced a balance between individual chapter and entire book that would make Sherwood Anderson jealous. The stories are full of subtle situations of all too familiar experiences in which humans test (and fail) to grow and define themselves. It's funny too...funny in a blatant way, funny in a clever way, and funny in a way that makes the reader stop. and be a bit too empathetic.

There are so many themes in this novel, about acting, pretending, roles, communication, regret, and all those other things that try to define who we are.

The title, in itself, is a question of reprimand...yet also a question of serious, deep introspection. This is the tone of the novel, that depending on your tone, life's questions can mean so many different things. A beautiful, beautiful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane on Nov. 19 2013
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A very well written series of short stories, albeit sometimes heart wrenching.
The banal of human life is clearly outlined in the life of "Rose", the main character.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Dieckmann on Nov. 6 2013
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This book was not what I expected. Stories were sometimes dark and raw with realism. Found myself wincing, but could not stop reading. About as un-Hollywood as you could get.
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A poignant book with many facets. Life in a small community, the challenges of getting out of it, the surprising possibilities offered outside, the challenges of enjoying them, the nostalgia of coming back to your community and the ambiguity of your feelings (did you make the right decision, could it have been different?). All this justifies the title : in the end, when reflecting on your life, you might not know who you really are. Or may be you realize how different you have been as life went-by - for the best and the worse.
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Great book of short stories.

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