Family Furnishings

Family Furnishings

Selected Stories, 1995-2014

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From the recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature -- perhaps our most beloved author -- a new selection of her peerless short fiction, gathered from the collections of the last two decades, a companion volume toSelected Stories (1968-1994).

By all accounts, no Nobel Prize in recent years has garnered the enthusiastic reception that Alice Munro's has, and in its wake, her reputation and readership has skyrocketed worldwide. Now,Family Furnishings will bring us twenty-five of her most accomplished, most powerfully affecting stories, most of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: the small towns and flatlands of southwestern Ontario. Subtly honed with the author's hallmark precision, grace, and compassion, these stories illuminate the ordinary but quite extraordinary particularity in the lives of men, women, and children as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, head out into the unknown, suffer defeat, and find a way to be in the world.

As the Nobel Prize presentation speech reads in part: "Reading one of Alice Munro's texts is like watching a cat walk across a laid dinner table. A brief short story can often cover decades, summarizing a life, as she moves deftly between different periods. No wonder Alice Munro is often able to say more in thirty pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in three hundred. She is a virtuoso of the elliptical and...the master of the contemporary short story."

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780771061202
Branch Call Number: FIC Munro
Characteristics: xii, 620 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Munro, Alice 1931- Short stories
Alternative Title: Selected stories, 1995-2014


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Though a collection of short stories, each one is really a stand-alone mini-novel, full of detail and depth about ordinary people coping with the common pressures of family and marriage, and those moments that change everything. It was as if I'd grown up with so many of these people and I could profoundly empathize with their circumstances.

Kris--Point Roberts

Jan 05, 2015

If you like Alice Munro, try Edith Pearlman. Her stories are among the best I've ever read.

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