In this superb new collection from one of our best and
best-loved writers, nine stories draw us immediately into that
special place known as Alice Munro territorya place where an
unexpected twist of events or a suddenly recaptured memory can
trace the arc of an entire life.
The fate of a strong-minded housekeeper with a "frizz of reddish
hair,"just entering the dangerous country of old-maidhood, is
unintentionally (and deliciously) reversed by a teenaged girlÕs
practical joke. A college student, visiting her aunt for the first
time, stumbles on a long-hidden secret and its meaning in her own
life. An inveterate philanderer finds the tables turned when he
puts his wife into an old-age home. A young cancer patient, stunned
by good news, discovers a perfect bridge to her suddenly regained
future. A woman, remembering an afternoon''s wild lovemaking with a
stranger, realizes how the memory of that encounter has both
changed for her and sustained her through a lifetime.
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
provides the deep pleasures and rewards that Alice Munro''s large
and ever-growing audience has come to expect.