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Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 (Vintage International)

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From the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature12and one of our most beloved writers12a new selection of her peerless short fiction, gathered from the collections of the last two decades, a companion volume to Selected Stories (1968-1994).Family Furnishings brings us twenty-four of Alice Munro17s most accomplished, most powerfully affecting stories, many of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: the small towns and flatlands of southwestern Ontario. Subtly honed with her hallmark precision, grace, and compassion, these stories illuminate the quotidian yet extraordinary particularity in the lives of men and women, parents and children, friends and lovers as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, suffer defeat, set off into the unknown, or find a way to be in the world. Peopled with characters as real to us as we are to ourselves, Munro17s stories encompass the fullness of humannbsp experience12from thenbsp wild exhilaration of first love, in 20Passion,21 to the lengths a once-straying husband will go to make his wife happy as her memory fades, in 20The Bear Came Over the Mountain.21 Other stories suggest the punishing consequences ofnbsp leaving home (20Runaway21) or leaving a marriage (20The Children Stay21). The part romantic love plays in one17s existence is explored in 20Too Much Happiness,21 based on the life of the noted nineteenth-century mathematician, Sophia Kovalevsky. And in stories that Munro has described as 20closer to the truth than usual211220Dear Life,21 20Working for a Living,21 and 20Home21 among them12we glimpse the author17s own life.As the Nobel Prize presentation speech says in part: 20Reading one of Alice Munro17s texts is like watching a cat walk across a laid dinner table. A brief short story can often cover decades, summarizing a life, as she moves deftly between different periods. No wonder Alice Munro is often able to say more in thirty pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in three hundred. She is a virtuoso of the elliptical and the master of the contemporary short story.21

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