Runaway by Alice MunroThe incomparable Alice Munro’s bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises, from the title story about a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband, to three stories about a woman named Juliet and the emotions that complicate the luster of her intimate relationships. In Munro’s hands, the people she writes about–women of all ages and circumstances, and their friends, lovers, parents, and children–become as vivid as our own neighbors. It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own.
Runaway Reader’s Guide
Rate this book. The runaway of the title story is a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband. In "Passion," a country girl emerging into the larger world via a job in a resort hotel discovers in a single moment of stunning insight the limits and lies of that mysterious emotion. In the final story, "Powers," a young woman with the ability to read the future sets off a chain of events that involves her husband-to-be and a friend in a lifelong pursuit of what such a gift really means, and who really has it. Carla heard the car coming before it topped the little rise in the road that around here they called a hill. If it was somebody getting ready to turn in at their gate it would be slowing down by now.
Is Sylvia right, given the circumstances, to suggest that Carla leave her husband and give her the means to do so? How much does Carla know about authenticity or about life? Is this a haphazard adventure, or does she go to Whale Bay with a determination about what she wants? Why does she choose a man whose reading includes only National Geographic and Popular Mechanics [p. She stands up, quite numb, and sees that he is older, heavier, more impetuous than she has remembered.
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Runaway is a book of short stories by Alice Munro. There are eight short stories in the book. Three of the stories "Chance", "Soon", and "Silence" are about a single character named "Juliet Henderson". The first part comprises the diaries of Nancy, a self-centered young woman convinced that she is destined to have some great importance. She startles the town doctor, Wilf, on April Fool's Day by pretending to have a illness; when she later tries to apologize to him, he unexpectedly proposes to her.
No lessons. No lessons ever! While three of the stories are connected by the same protagonist, the rest of the stories seem at first disconnected, united only in their common location of Western Canada. In each of the stories, however, there are either characters who are running from something or someone, or characters who miss one who has left. Rather than pursuing her topic relentlessly, though, Munro represents it indirectly, while at the same time exploring the nuances of complex relationships, the way in which a moment can change peoples' lives forever, and the paradoxical sense of looking back on one's life with both regret and contentment. Each of her stories spans several generations, and she has a remarkable talent for jumping across several decades without losing the narrative thread.
The New Canon focuses on great works of fiction published since These books represent the finest literature of the current era, and are gaining recognition as the new classics of our time. But author Alice Munro has made her mark as a connoisseur of indecisive protagonists. Her husband, meanwhile, is planning to blackmail a neighbor, but then changes his mind just as quickly as his wife has done. One of the most dispiriting trends in contemporary storytelling—especially on TV and at the movies—is the predictability with which plots move toward their expected resolution.