Alice Munro, who received the National Book Critics Circle Award for her latest collection of stories, The Love of a Good Woman
, is widely acknowledged as a modern master of the short story. In this earlier collection, she demonstrates all of those strengths that have won her so many literary accolades.
A divorced woman returns to her childhood home where she confronts the memory of her parents' confounding yet deep bond. The accidental near-drowning of a child exposes the fragility of the trust between children and parents. A young man, remembering a terrifying childhood incident, wrestles with the responsibility he has always felt for his younger brother. In these and other stories Alice Munro proves once again a sensitive and compassionate chronicler of our times. Drawing us into the most intimate corners of ordinary lives, she reveals much about ourselves, our choices, and our experiences of love.
"One of the foremost contemporary practitioners of the short story."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Alice Munro is a born teller of tales."--The Washington Post
"Throughout this remarkable collection moments of insight flash from the pages like lightning, not necessarily providing answers--more likely showing the way to new questions."--The Philadelphia Inquirer