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Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage : stories

Author: Alice Munro
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A collection of short fiction explores the complexities of human relationships and emotions in stories about a housekeeper entering old-maidhood whose life is transformed by a practical joke and a lifelong philanderer who finds the tables turned.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Novels
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Munro
ISBN: 0375413006 9780375413001 9780375727436 0375727434
OCLC Number: 46929223
Description: vii, 323 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Hateship, friendship, courtship, loveship, marriage --
Floating bridge --
Family furnishings --
Comfort --
Nettles --
Post and beam --
What is remembered --
Queenie --
The bear came over the mountain.
Responsibility: by Alice Munro.
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A collection of short fiction explores the complexities of human relationships and emotions in stories about a housekeeper entering old-maidhood whose life is transformed by a practical joke and a lifelong philanderer who finds the tables turned.

"A superb new collection from one of our best and best-loved writers. Nine stories draw us immediately into the special place known as Alice Munro territory--a place where an unexpected twist of events or a suddenly recaptured memory can illumine the arc of an entire life. The fate of a strong-minded housekeeper with a "frizz of reddish hair," just entering the dangerous country of old-maidhood, is unintentionally (and deliciously) reversed by a teenaged girl's practical joke. A college student visiting her aunt for the first time and recognizing the family furniture stumbles on a long-hidden secret and its meaning in her own life. An inveterate philanderer finds the tables turned when he puts his wife into an old-age home. A young cancer patient stunned by good news discovers a perfect bridge to her suddenly regained future. A woman recollecting an afternoon's wild lovemaking with a stranger realizes how the memory of that encounter has both changed her and sustained her through a lifetime. Men and women are subtly revealed. Personal histories, both complex and simple, unfold in rich detail of circumstance and feeling. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage provides the deep pleasures and rewards that Alice Munro's large and ever-growing audience has come to expect." -- Publisher's description

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