Selected Stories by Alice Munro

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 6 Critic Reviews




Spanning almost thirty years and settings that range from big cities to small towns and farmsteads of rural Canada, this magnificent collection brings together twenty-eight stories by a writer of unparalleled wit, generosity, and emotional power. In her Selected Stories, Alice Munro makes lives that seem small unfold until they are revealed to be as spacious as prairies and locates the moments of love and betrayal, desire and forgiveness, that change those lives forever. To read these stories--about a traveling salesman and his children on an impromptu journey; an abandoned woman choosing between seduction and solitude--is to succumb to the spell of a writer who enchants her readers utterly even as she restores them to their truest selves.

About Alice Munro

See more books from this Author
Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published twelve collections of stories and two volumes of selected stories, as well as a novel. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England's W. H. Smith Literary Award, the United States' National Book Critics Circle Award, the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Magazine, Granta, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. Alice Munro lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron.
Published December 21, 2011 by Vintage. 418 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Selected Stories

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

A rich selection of 28 compact and resonant stories (they're novels in miniature, more often than not) drawn from seven highly praised collections previously published by the Ontario writer.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Selected Stories

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

It doesn’t select anything, strictly speaking, but merely assembles the stories from William Trevor’s last four collections, so that in effect it’s a sequel to the huge edition of his collected stories that came out in 1992.

Nov 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Selected Stories

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In a starred review, PW called this selection of 28 stories spanning 7 collections ""a literature lover's feast."" (Nov.)

| Read Full Review of Selected Stories

The Telegraph

'She hated to hear the word 'escape’ used about fiction,” reflects a character from an Alice Munro story.

Sep 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Selected Stories

In another story, a serial philanderer – and one of the few male protagonists inside this book – must witness his wife who has dementia forget who he is and find new love in her care home.

Oct 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Selected Stories

London Review of Books

If you are using the site for the first time please register here If you would like access to all 12,000 articles subscribe here Institutions or university library users please login here Learn more about our institutional subscriptions here A downloadable PDF version of this book review is...

| Read Full Review of Selected Stories

Reader Rating for Selected Stories

An aggregated and normalized score based on 84 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review