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									Alice MunroAlice Munro
Alice Munro is hardly the typical writer of love stories. Throughout her more than fifty-year career, she has never pandered to an audience used to happy endings and perfect relationships. Instead, she writes with a maturity and honesty that reveals the true nature of love in all its heartbreaking complexity.

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Alice Munro
Current Home:
Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia
Date of Birth:
July 10, 1931
Place of Birth:
Wingham, Ontario, Canada
University of Western Ontario (no degree)
Three Governor General's Literary Awards; Giller Prize for The Love of a Good Woman, 1998; National Book Critics Circle Award for The Love of a Good Woman, 1999

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Selected Works

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								The View from Castle Rock, Author: 
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The View from Castle Rock
by Alice Munro
From our Editors: "In The View from Castle Rock, it's clear Munro has done something different.... Asembling material from her family's Scottish immigrant history and reworking an older story cycle centered on her own self, Munro weaves autobiography into a stellar collection of intimate, affecting tales that (in a statement of full disclosure) 'pay more attention to the truth of a life than fiction usually does. But not enough to swear on.'"

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								The Love of a Good Woman: Stories, Author: 
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*  The Moons of Jupiter: Stories (1982)
*  Friend of My Youth (1990)
*  The Love of a Good Woman: Stories (1998)
*  Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories (2001)
*  Runaway: Stories (2004)
*  Carried Away: A Selection of Stories (2006)
*  The View from Castle Rock (2006)

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A Munro Sampler

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								Carried Away: A Selection of Stories, Author: 
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Carried Away: A Selection of Stories
by Alice Munro
Handpicked by the author herself, this dazzling selection of seventeen stories spans Munro's distinguished career as "the best fiction writer now working in North America" according to The New York Times Book Review.

Munro's Must-Reads

Munro cites a long list of influences, including but not limited to: John Updike, John Cheever, Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Taylor, William Trevor, Edna O'Brien, Richard Ford, and "especially and forever," William Maxwell. She tells her publisher, "These I would say are influences. There are dozens of others I just like to read."

*  John Updike
*  John Cheever
*  Joyce Carol Oates

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								Dance of the Happy Shades: And Other Stories, Author: 
								Alice Munro.

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Dance of the Happy Shades: And Other Stories
by Alice Munro
Of one of Munro's earlier collections, The Christian Science Monitor observed, "Virtuosity, elemental command, incisive like a diamond, remarkable: all these descriptions fit Alice Munro." And The Wall Street Journal asks, "How does one know when one is in the grip of art -- of a major talent? It is art that speaks from the pages of Alice Munro's stories."

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								Open Secrets, Author: 
								Alice Munro.

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Open Secrets
by Alice Munro
In an interview with Barnes &, Michael Cunningham -- Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours -- cites Munro's Open Secrets as one of his all-time favorite books. Says Cunningham of Munro, simply, "She knows everything."

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