Eight new stories about what people will do for love, and the
unexpected routes their passion will force them to take. A prim,
old landlady in Vancouver with a crime of passion lurking in her
past. A young mother with a secret life who abandons her children
to be with her lover. A country doctor in the 1960s discovered by
his daughter to be helping desperate women, his "special
patients."These and other fascinating characters weave their way
through stories that track the changes that time brings to
families, lovers and even to friends who share old, intimate
secrets about the "prostration of love"in a collection that is
clear-eyed about the clutter of our emotional lives.
The rich layering that gives Alice Munro''s work such a strong
sense of life is particularly apparent in the title story, in which
the death of a local opto-metrist brings an entire community into
focus - from the preadolescent boys who find his body to the man
who probably killed him, to the woman who must decide what to do
about what she might know.
Large, moving, profound - these are stories that extend the
limits of fiction.