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Who Do You Think You Are? [Paperback]

Alice Munro
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April 4 2006

Rose and her stepmother, Flo, live in Hanratty-across the bridge from the "good" part of town. Rose, alternately fascinated and appalled by the rude energy of the people around her, grows up nursing her hope of outgrowing her humble beginnings and plotting an escape to university.

Rose makes her escape and thinks herself free. But Hanratty's question-Who Do You Think You Are?-rings in her ears during her days in Vancouver, mocks her attempts to make her marriage successful, and haunts her new career.

In these stories of Rose and Flo, Alice Munro explores the universal story of growing up-Rose's struggle to accept herself tells the story of our lives.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Who do you think you are? Dec 18 2012
By glen cochrane TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent literature Nov. 19 2013
By Jane
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars my first Alice Munro won't be my last Nov. 6 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 25 2014
By Christopher Torres - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book of short stories.
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