Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro

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Ten superb new stories by one of our most beloved and admired writers—the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize.

With clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories about the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.
In the first story a young wife and mother, suffering from the unbearable pain of losing her three children, gains solace from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever if less-than-admirable fashion. Other tales uncover the “deep-holes” in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and, in the long title story, the yearnings of a nineteenth-century female mathematician.

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About Alice Munro

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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 November 6, 2009 by Vintage. 321 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Every story collection from Canada's Alice Munro receives such critical plaudits that it's tempting for reviewers to recycle superlatives and readers to take her for granted.

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The New York Times

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Alice Munro’s new stories take on pulp fiction’s sensational subjects, and episodes of murder, suicide and adultery turn out to have far-reaching thematic reverberations.

Nov 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Too Much Happiness: Stories

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 If only this terrific collection had been released before we did our best short-story anthologies of the decade list.

Dec 17 2009 | Read Full Review of Too Much Happiness: Stories

Christian Science Monitor

In story after story, Munro manages to compress whole lives and emotional arcs into 20 or so shapely pages, long enough to engage us in their world but short enough to absorb in a single sitting or commute.

Nov 25 2009 | Read Full Review of Too Much Happiness: Stories


While Munro is not above poking some good-natured fun at herself, referring to the author of a collection of short stories in the story “Fiction” as “somebody who is just hanging on to the gates of Literature, rather than safely settled inside,” this latest work from a master of the form demonstr...

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Tampa Bay Times

Soon they are confidants, and Nina retails the shocking story of her life: a teenage marriage, a vanished husband, two little sons abandoned, jobs in the big city, an abortion, and her current status as mistress to a much older rich man, Mr. Purvis, who has agreed to let her attend college but tr...

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· Judi Clark · One Comment Tags: 2010 PB Release, 2012 - authors with books published this year, Alice Munro, Knopf, Literary, Short Stories · Posted in: Award Winning Author, Literary, Man Booker International Prize, Short Stories.

Nov 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Too Much Happiness: Stories

Bookmarks Magazine

Her stories are frequently set in her native Canada, including the Giller Prize–winning Runaway (2004), The View from Castle Rock ( 3.5 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2007), and Carried Away: A Selection of Stories (2006).

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The New York Review of Books

In the Russian mathematician/novelist Sophia Kovalevsky (1850–1891)—the first woman to be appointed to a university teaching position in northern Europe—Munro has discovered one of her most compelling and sympathetic young-woman protagonists, in temperament closely akin to such earlier Munro hero...

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