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Runaway
by Alice Munro


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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE(R) IN LITERATURE 2013

This acclaimed, bestselling collection also contains the celebrated stories that inspired the Pedro Almodovar film Julieta. Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises, from the title story about a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband, to three stories about a woman named Juliet and the emotions that complicate the luster of her intimate relationships.  Read more...


 
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Overview

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE(R) IN LITERATURE 2013

This acclaimed, bestselling collection also contains the celebrated stories that inspired the Pedro Almodovar film Julieta. Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises, from the title story about a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband, to three stories about a woman named Juliet and the emotions that complicate the luster of her intimate relationships. In Munro's hands, the people she writes about-women of all ages and circumstances, and their friends, lovers, parents, and children-become as vivid as our own neighbors. It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781400077915
  • ISBN-10: 1400077915
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA
  • Publish Date: November 2005
  • Page Count: 335
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.77 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Short Stories (single author)
Books > Fiction > Literary

 
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Runaway: Stories

Hailed as Munro's best collection yet, this is the 12th book from an author who has perfected the short story form. In these eight selections, each of which takes place in her native Canada, Munro examines the nuances of human relationships, exploring the complexities of marriage, the difficulties of parenting and the responsibilities inherent in friendship. In the title narrative, a discontented wife, aided by a neighbor, decides to leave her abusive husband, but her plan doesn't go quite as expected. A sequence of three interconnected narratives—"Chance," "Soon" and "Silence"—tells the story of Juliet, an instructor at a girls' school who quits her job to engage in a passionate love affair. The consequences of that romance—the birth of her child, a renewed relationship with her own parents—lead Juliet into a deeper understanding of herself and her decisions. The female protagonist in "Powers," who can see into the future, triggers a series of events involving her fiancé and a friend, events that alter their lives forever. Overall, the narratives in Runaway are coolly composed, possessing a quiet calm, but tension is part of what makes them work, and it hums like a hive beneath the surface of the book. At the age of 74, Munro is at the peak of her powers. A reading group guide is available in print and online at readinggroupcenter.com.

 
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