Author(s): Alice Munro
The characters who populate an Alice Munro story live and breathe. Passions hopelessly conceived, affections betrayed, marriages made and broken: the joys, fears, loves and awakenings of women echo throughout these twelve unforgettable stories, laying bare the unexceptional and yet inescapable pain of human contact.
'Witty, subtle, passionate, The Moons of Jupiter is exceptionally knowledgeable about the content and movement - the entanglements and entailments - of individual human feeling. And the knowledge it offers can't be looked up elsewhere' New York Times
"She has a touch of genius" Mail on Sunday "Only a few writers continue to create those full-bodied miniature universes of the old school. Some of her short stories are so ample and fulfilling that they feel like novels. They present whole landscapes and cultures, who families of characters" Anne Tyler "The writer's questioning memory gives us sharp flashes of reality that are so vividly recalled they permit us to live another life for a moment." Publishers Weekly "Munro is in a class of her own... No other writer working today is able to invest the humble story with more power, grace or breadth... Munro has been compared to Chekhov... She has the haunting lyricism and the indulgent wisdom to qualify." Los Angeles Times Book Review "How does one know when one is in the grip of art, a major talent? One feels it in the assurance, the sensibility behind every line of a work; one knows its presence as much from what is withheld as from what is given or explained. It is art that speaks from the pages of Alice Munro's stories." Wall Street Journal
Acclaimed author of one novel and several collections of stories, winner of the WH Smith Award, the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Award in her native Canada, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize.