Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: May 25, 2011
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1551993953
ISBN - 13: 9781551993959
From the Publisher
As always, Alice Munro surprises us. While the nine stories in this
new collection could not be written by anyone else, they are subtly
different. The title story, for example, ranges from small-town
Ontario just after the war to a near-deserted hotel on the bald
Saskatchewan prairie. The setting may be strange, uncharted Munro
territory, but the plot is familiar, with two lives changed forever
by a random act of mischief that can never be revealed.
"Floating Bridge" is also a typical Alice Munro story, but
different. Forty-two-year-old Jinny is fighting cancer, and the
front room in their middle-class home is turned into a sickroom.
Her husband hires a girl to look after her, and they visit the
girl's trailer park relatives. Class tensions are exposed ("You
know you'll hurt their feelings," he whispered. "They're trying to
be nice to you."), and then something both unbelievable and
totally believable happens to conclude the story in a way the
reader will never forget.
Other stories contain lines that change the world. A promisingly
flirtatious reunion with a teenage sweetheart, now married, takes
an unexpected turn. ("About our youngest boy," he said. "Our
youngest boy was killed last summer." Oh. "He was run over," he
said. "I was the one who ran over him. Backing out of our
driveway." I stopped again. He stopped with me. Both of us stared
ahead. "His name was Brian. He was three.")
In this great book by one of the world's great writers, the
settings may be Vancouver Island, small-town Ontario, Toronto, or
Vancouver, but the stories are universal, and the characters - no,
the people in the stories - are unforgettable.
From the Hardcover edition.