The Love of a Good Woman
By (author) Alice Munro
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Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro
Book DescriptionAlice 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099287865
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alice Munro
Wilderness Station, Paperback / softback (September 2015)
"Originally published as Selected stories."
Lives of Girls and Women, Paperback (March 2015)
Catching frogs, grazing knees, singing songs to save England from Hitler - that was childhood for Del Jordan, and now she's impatient for more. More than she can find in the encyclopedias sold by her mother, or in the half-understood innuendos dispensed by best friend Naomi, or in the whispers of boys during Friday night dances.
Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You, Paperback (November 2014)» View all books by Alice Munro
Featuring an early collection of stories, this book presents the works of a well known fiction writer.
UK Kirkus Review » Three books are on my reading list for this summer. Alice Munro's The Love of a Good Woman, for the sheer joy of her insidiousness, and craft, Derek Walcott's What the Twilight Says, essays in the old fashioned sense of the word, that are great analysis and rather poetic at the same time. And Finding the Centre, by V S Naipaul. It's old and I have read it before but it's still so valuable for its encouragement to a writer. Review by SHANI MOOTOO, whose first novel Cereus Blooms at Night is published in paperback this month. (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » The Canadian Chekhov's ninth book (after her recent triumphs Friend of My Youth, 1990, and Open Secrets, 1994) contains eight long stories that resemble Munro's mature work in their tendency toward leisurely development and complex narrative. As always, their province is both the author's native Ontario and the experiential territory denoted by the title of an earlier volume, Lives of Girls and Women (1973). The inchoate understanding possessed by husbands and wives whose intimacies never fully accommodate their unshared histories, siblings who have inevitably endured (or imagined) imbalance and unfairness, parents and children unhinged by the emotional variations to which their one flesh is susceptible - all are central to these elaborately woven tales of people's disillusioning plunges into the depths of their own and others' lives. But this time around the stories seem overloaded, distended by successive disclosures that move us unconvincingly away from their thematic and structural centers. In "Save the Reaper," for instance, essential details about its characters' relationships are withheld for so long that we never empathize sufficiently with the harried, lonely grandmother whose momentary impulsiveness endangers her family and herself. "My Mother's Dream" reimagines from a daughter's perspective - and in almost ludicrously melodramatic terms - her mother's ordeal among her late husband's controlling family. "The Children stay" overemphatically delineates the moral unraveling of an adulterous wife who unwisely makes "the choice of fantasy." To be fair, a few of the stories are, even by Munro's high standards, exemplary: notably "Cortes Island," in which a bored housewife's vivid imagination may or may not have exaggerated incriminating facts about her odd landlords; and especially the fine title novella, about the death of a small-town optometrist, the extremities to which well-meaning ordinary people are driven, and the burden helplessly shouldered by a "practical nurse" (there's a lovely irony therein) caught between "Trying to ease people. Trying to be good" and telling what she wishes not to know. A mixed bag, then, through which we too often sense Munro straining to extend and intensify her stories. The unfortunate result is her weakest book yet. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Alice Munro
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize for 2009, Alice Munro is the author of eleven collections of stories, most recently The View from Castle Rock, and a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. She has received many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, the W.H. Smith Book Award in the UK, the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Beggar Maid. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives with her husband in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron in Canada.
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