Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories

"Nine stories draw us immediately into that special place known as Alice Munro territory–a place where an unexpected twist of events or a suddenly recaptured memory can illumine the arc of an entire life. The fate of a strong-minded housekeeper with a “frizz of reddish hair,” just entering the dangerous country of old-maidhood, is unintentionally (and deliciously) reversed by a teenaged girl’s practical joke. A college student visiting her aunt for the first time and recognizing the family furniture stumbles on a long-hidden secret and its meaning in her own life. An inveterate philanderer finds the tables turned when he puts his wife into an old-age home. A young cancer patient stunned by good news discovers a perfect bridge to her suddenly regained future. A woman recollecting an afternoon’s wild lovemaking with a stranger realizes how the memory of that encounter has both changed for her and sustained her through a lifetime." (Book Description)

Alice Munro
Contemporary Fiction
Discussion Materials: 

 The Author

Biographical information and list of works in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Munro

 From New York Times Travel: “Alice Munro’s Vancouver” Includes the author reading from Hateship, …: topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/alice_munro/index.html


Book Reviews

Synopsis and links to reviews in Salon, New Republic, and Atlantic Monthly: http://www.powells.com/biblio/2-9780375727436-2

New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/20/books/20KAKU.html