First-ever selection of one of the world's greatest living short-story writers, winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2009.
This first-ever selection of Alice Munro’s stories sums up her genius. Her territory is the secrets that cackle beneath the façade of everyday lives, the pain and promises, loves and fears of apparently ordinary men and women whom she renders extraordinary and unforgettable.
“Her work is practically perfect. Any writer has to gawk when reading her because her work is very subtle and precise”
“The best short story writer alive... Munro can pack more into one of her stories - more subtlety, more grace, more tender twists of the human heart - than many novelists do in a lifetime's oeuvre”
“One of the world's best living short-story writers...say that she has made the short story her own and reinvigorated it somehow falls short - she has reinvented it”
“Munro's stories enact what can only be called a sort of magic”
“Alice Munro! Now that's writing”
“Stories that mirror reality -- in all its erratic unpredictability -- so convincingly that you can almost forget the skill with which they're created”
“The Great One”
“In these stories, fiction saves lives. Imagination kills. Tales break bones”
“Munro can be harrowing to read; she can make your gums tingle, make you moan, or make you cry...really, who could be better?”
“One of the most esteemed writers in the world....Few writers capture the moral ambiguities, murkiness, messiness - and joy - of relationships with as much empathy and grace as Munro”