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On Sale: December 21, 2011
Pages: 240 | ISBN: 978-0-307-81454-8
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In these fifteen short stories--her eighth collection of short stories in a long and distinguished career--Alice Munro conjures ordinary lives with an extraordinary vision, displaying the remarkable talent for which she is now widely celebrated. Set on farms, by river marshes, in the lonely towns and new suburbs of western Ontario, these tales are luminous acts of attention to those vivid moments when revelation emerges from the layers of experience that lie behind even the most everyday events and lives.

"Virtuosity, elemental command, incisive like a diamond, remarkable: all these descriptions fit Alice Munro."--Christian Science Monitor

"How does one know when one is in the grip of art--of a major talent?....It is art that speaks from the pages of Alice Munro's stories."--Wall Street Journal

Table of Contents

Walker Brothers Cowboy

The Shining Houses


Thanks for the Ride

The Office

An Ounce of Cure

The Time of Death

Day of the Butterfly

Boys and Girls


Red Dress—1946

Sunday Afternoon

A Trip to the Coast

The Peace of Utrecht

Dance of the Happy Shades
Alice Munro

About Alice Munro

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Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published fourteen collections of stories as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, Granta, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron. 


Alice Munro nació en 1931 en Wingham, Ontario, y se graduó de la Universidad de Western Ontario. Es autora de doce colecciones de cuentos, dos novelas, y una novela publicada en 1971, nunca traducida al castellano.
A lo largo de su carrera, Munro ha recibido premios de mucho prestigio, y en 2013 recibe el Premio Nobel de Literatura. Conocida como la “Chéjov canadiense”, ella misma se declara en deuda con autoras de la talla de Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Anne Porter y Eudora Welty. Actualmente la autora vive parte del año en Clinton, Ontario, y parte en Comox, en la Columbia Británica. Demasiada felicidad es su colección de cuentos más reciente. 

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Praise from fellow writers:

“Her work felt revolutionary when I came to it, and it still does.” —Jhumpa Lahiri

“She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, whom I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion.” —Jonthan Franzen

“The authority she brings to the page is just lovely.” —Elizabeth Strout

“She’s the most savage writer I’ve ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive.” —Jeffery Eugenides

“Alice Munro can move characters through time in a way that no other writer can.”—Julian Barnes

“She is a short-story writer who…reimagined what a story can do.” —Loorie Moore

“There’s probably no one alive who’s better at the craft of the short story.” —Jim Shepard

“A true master of the form.” —Salman Rushdie

“A wonderful writer.” —Joyce Carol Oates


WINNER 2009 Man Booker International Prize
WINNER 2013 Nobel Prize

  • Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro
  • August 11, 1998
  • Fiction - Literary
  • Vintage
  • $15.95
  • 9780679781516

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