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Family Furnishings

Family Furnishings

Selected Stories, 1995-2014

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"From the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature-perhaps our most beloved author-a new selection of her peerless short fiction, gathered from the collections of the last two decades, a companion volume to Selected Stories (1968-1994). By all accounts, no Nobel Prize in recent years has garnered the enthusiastic reception that Alice Munro's has, and in its wake, her reputation and readership has skyrocketed worldwide. Now, Family Furnishings will bring us twenty-five of her most accomplished, most powerfully affecting stories, most of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: the small towns and flatlands of southwestern Ontario. Sublty honed with the author's hallmark precision, grace, and compassion, these stories illuminate the ordinary but quite extraordinary particularity in the lives of men, women, and children as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, head out into the unknown, suffer defeat, find a way to be in the world. As the Nobel Prize presentation speech reads in part: "Reading one of Alice Munro's texts is like watching a cat walk across a laid dinner table. A brief short story can often cover decades, summarizing a life, as she moves deftly between different periods. No wonder Alice Munro is often able to say more in thirty pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in three hundred. She is a virtuoso of the elliptical and...the master of the contemporary short story."
"A selection of short stories by the Nobel Prize-winning author, Alice Munro"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101874103
Branch Call Number: FICTION MUNRO...A
Characteristics: xii, 620 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Munro, Alice 1931- Love of a good woman
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso


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No one wrote short stories like Alice Munroe. She managed to span so much time in her stories and cover so much emotional terrain that each story seemed more like a mini-novel rather than a short story. Munroe was a true master of the genre.

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Though a collection of short stories, each one is really a stand-alone mini-novel, full of detail and depth about ordinary people coping with the common pressures of family and marriage, and those moments that change everything. It was as if I'd grown up with so many of these people and I could profoundly empathize with their circumstances.

Kris--Point Roberts

PaulaBlix Jan 05, 2015

If you like Alice Munro, try Edith Pearlman. Her stories are among the best I've ever read.


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