Monday, August 11

Runaway

Title: Runaway

Author: Alice Munro

Pages: 352

Summary: (Taken from Goodreads) The 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 neighbours. It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own.

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This was a collection of short stories, some I liked others I didn't. Hence the 7/10. All the stories had some of those characters you could connect to on an emotional level. Other stories where heart warming or sad. There were one or two I didn't care for at all. But overall the stories where well told, although one of my issues where when it ended you wanted to know more of what happened to the character. It bugged me at times, because short stories have a shorter time to tell the story and end it, so sometimes things end and can go either way. Which I guess the author is doing a good job, because it means we the reader must make our own endings up. Overall good story writing, phrases and style aren't the best, but I've read so many fantasy novels that I really like the elaborte telling of the setting, which can't happen in this.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. These are life stories, short stories. It's a good fall read. One of those you grab a blanket and curl up in the couch with a hot chocolate read. (I did it in the winter but close enough haha).

What to read next: I haven't explored the short story realm as much so I'm not sure. Cathy Kelly has a similar story style so if you want to move on to the novels then that would be an idea. But when it comes to short stories, my experience is next to nill.

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