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A rekindling of our own remembrances springs from this realistic narrative by Del Jordan of her passage through the many phases of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s. Looking back, she recalls an era that was high on hope.
Alice Munro, one of the most skilled writers in Canada today, twice received her country's highest literary prize, the Governor General's Award.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Vintage Contemporaries Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.19(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.63(d)|
About the Author
Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published sixteen books — Dance of the Happy Shades; Lives of Girls and Women, Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You; Who Do You Think You Are?; The Moons of Jupiter; The Progress of Love; Friend of My Youth; Open Secrets; Selected Stories; The Love of a Good Woman; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Runaway; The View from Castle Rock; Alice Munro’s Best, Too Much Happiness, and Dear Life. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the recent Nobel Prize in Literature which cited her as “a master of the contemporary short story.”
Here at home she has won too many awards to list, including three Governor General’s Literary Awards, two Giller Prizes, several Trillium Prizes and a number of Libris Awards. Elsewhere she has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, Italy’s Pescara prize, the United States’ National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Night, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages.
Alice Munro divides her time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.
Hometown:Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia
Date of Birth:July 10, 1931
Place of Birth:Wingham, Ontario, Canada
Education:University of Western Ontario (no degree)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is written well, and the first few chapters are very good; but it does degenerate into explicit descriptions of adolescent sex. The protagonist's sex life is introduced with an older man groping her and masturbating in front of her. Del (protagonist) accepts this as part of her sexual initiation, and is not scared of the older man's attentions. I do not believe this is realistic. Del then has sex with a young man who is a few years older than she. Her infatuation with him changes her life in a profound way.
I really looked forward to reading her only full length novel. It started out as I expected--a searching tale of a mother and daughter and how they related and why. BUT!! It, in my opinion, degenerated into a boring sex tale. I soon found that I didn't care one bit for the daughter.
Ms.Munro has lived a life of a pure and innocent girl in this book. she sent a message to any girls who are growing up; that htough life is hard to conquer but the price is you get to challenge it and make it your own world.