Carried Away: A Personal Selection of Stories; Introduction by Margaret Atwood
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE(R) IN LITERATURE 2013
Carried Away is a dazzling selection of stories-seventeen favorites chosen by the author from across her distinguished career. With an Introduction by Margaret Atwood.
Alice Munro has been repeatedly hailed as one of our greatest living writers, a reputation that has been growing for years. The stories brought together here span a quarter century, drawn from some of her earliest books, The Beggar Maid and The Moons of Jupiter, through her recent best-selling collection, Runaway.
Here are such favorites as "Royal Beatings" in which a young girl, her father, and stepmother release the tension of their circumstances in a ritual of punishment and reconciliation; "Friend of My Youth" in which a woman comes to understand that her difficult mother is not so very different from herself; and "The Albanian Virgin," a romantic tale of capture and escape in Central Europe that may or may not be true but that nevertheless comforts the hearer, who is on a desperate adventure of her own.
Munro's incomparable empathy for her characters, the depth of her understanding of human nature, and the grace and surprise of her narrative add up to a richly layered and capacious fiction. Like the World War I soldier in the title story, whose letters from the front to a small-town librarian he doesn't know change her life forever, Munro's unassuming characters insinuate themselves in our hearts and take permanent hold.
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About the Author
--NEW YORK TIMES "In Alice Munro's hands, the smallest moments contain the central truths of a lifetime."
--MACLEAN'S "Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America."
--NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "Captivating . . . Munro does what most writers dream of doing and succeeds at it, page after page, story after story, collection after collection."
--THE OREGONIAN "From a markedly finite number of essential components, Munro rather miraculously spins out countless permutations of desire and despair, attenuated hopes and cloudbursts of epiphany . . . Every one of these
women is different, and that is the wonder of Alice Munro."
--THE VILLAGE VOICE "Alice Munro is among the major writers of English fiction of our time . . . In Munro's work, grace abounds, but it is strangely disguised: nothing can be predicted. Emotions erupt. Preconceptions crumble. Surprises proliferate. Astonishments leap out. Malicious acts can have positive consequences. Salvation arrives when least expected, and in peculiar forms."
--from the Introduction by Margaret Atwood