Description - The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro
On a clear day, you could see America from Edinburgh s Castle Rock or so said Alice Munro s great-great-great-grandfather, James Laidlaw, when he had drink taken. Then, in 1818, Laidlaw left the parish of 'no advantages', of banked Presbyterian emotions and uncanny tales where, like his more famous cousin James Hogg, he was born and bred and sailed to the new world with his family. This is the story of those shepherds from the Ettrick Valley and their descendants, among them the author herself. They were a Spartan lot, who kept to themselves; showing off was frowned on, and fear was commonplace, at least for females ut opportunities present themselves for two strong-minded women in a ship s close quarters; a father dies, and a baby vanishes en route from Illinois to Canada; another story hints at incest; childhood is short and hazardous. This is family history where imperfect recollections blur into fiction, where the past shows through the present like the tracks of a glacier on a geological map. First love flowers under an apple tree while lust rears its head in a barn; a restless mother with ideas beyond her station declines painfully; a father farms fox fur and tur
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Author Biography - Alice Munro
Alice Munro is the author of The Beggar Maid (shortlisted for the Booker Prize) a novel, and several outstanding collections of stories, including Open Secrets (winner of the WHSmith Literary Award), Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage and most recentlythe acclaimed Runaway. Her work appears regularly in The New Yorker and she is a winner of the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Prize in her native Canada.