By Alice Munro

This vintage collection—now revised and expanded—is the right creation to Nobel Laureate Alice Munro's fantastic, revelatory brief tales, within which she unfolds the wordless secrets and techniques that lie on the heart of human experience. 

The tales during this quantity span Munro's occupation: The identify tales from her collections The Moons of Jupiter; The growth of affection; and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; “Differently,” from Friend of My Youth; “Carried Away,” from Open Secrets; and (new to this edition) "In Sight of the Lake," from Dear existence. classic Munro also includes the textual content of the Nobel Prize Presentation Speech, given by way of Peter Englund, everlasting Secretary of the Swedish Academy.

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