My Best Stories

My Best Stories

Book - 2009
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My Best Stories is a dazzling selection of stories--seventeen favourites chosen by the author from across her distinguished career. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were written, allowing even the most devoted Munro admirer to discover how her work developed. "Royal Beatings" shows us right away how far we are from the romantic world of happy endings. "The Albanian Virgin" smashes the idea that all of her stories are set in B.C. or in Ontario's "Alice Munro Country." "A Wilderness Station" breaks short story rules by transporting us back to the 1830s and then jumping forward more than a hundred years. And the final story, "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," which was adapted into the film Away from Her , leads us far beyond the turkey-plucking world of young girls into unflinching old age.

Every story in this selection is superb. It is a book to read--and reread--very slowly, savouring each separate story. This collection of small masterpieces deserves a place in every book lover's home.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2009, c2006
ISBN: 9780143170396
0143170392
Characteristics: xx, 509 p
Additional Contributors: Munro, Alice 1931-
Alternative Title: Alice Munro's best

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ser_library Jun 12, 2014

the stories can be read and reread, beautifully written and true to the characters' lives and thoughts

Interesting short stories, one of them was turned into a movie that I saw prior to reading the book.

debwalker Oct 10, 2013

October 10, 2013: The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story"!

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