**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Alice Munro's first collection of short stories explores the lives of ordinary people in semi-rural Canada with the skill and sensitivity that have since become the hallmarks of her writing.
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Winner of the Man Booker International Prize for 2009, Alice Munro is the author of eleven collections of stories, most recently The View from Castle Rock, and a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. She has received many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, the W.H. Smith Book Award in the UK, the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Beggar Maid. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives with her husband in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron in Canada.
The finest writer of short stories working in the English language
today * The Times *
The greatest living short story writer -- A. S. Byatt * Sunday Times *
A remarkable writer whose major characters emerge in shining clarity... A major talent is at work here * Los Angeles Times *
Munro's power of analysis, of sensations and thoughts is almost Proustian in its sureness * New Statesman *
Read not more than one of her stories a day, and allow them to work their spell: they are made to last * Observer *