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The Love Of A Good Woman

by Alice Munro

Penguin Group Canada | October 15, 1999 | Trade Paperback |

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140281940

ISBN - 13: 9780140281941

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The Love Of A Good Woman

by Alice Munro

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: October 15, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140281940

ISBN - 13: 9780140281941

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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.

About the Author

Born Alice Laidlaw, Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario in Canada. An avid writer from an early age, she is a particularly skillful and gifted author of short stories. Her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), won a Governor General's Award. Her two novels, Lives of Girls and Women (1971) and the Beggar Maid (1978) are collections of episodes in the life of the central character, with each chapter reading as a separate story. Munro's work is concerned with women's relationships, usually ordinary women or girls living in rural Ontario towns. She is especially interested in the tension between society's expectations and women's actual feelings. Munro is widely anthologized and highly regarded by U.S. and Canadian critics.

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From a prim, old landlady in Vancouver with a crime of passion lurking in her past, to a young mother abandoning her children to be with her lover, Alice Munro weaves together a fascinating cast of characters that prove people will do anything for love. The collection of short stories featured in The Love of a Good Woman trace the changes time brings to families, lovers and even to friends who share old, intimate secrets about the "prostration of love."
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