The matchless Munro makes art out of everyday lives in this dazzling new collection.
At its centre are three stories connected into one marvellously rich narrative about Juliet - who escapes from teaching at a girls' school and throws herself into a wild and passionate love match.
Here are men and women of wildly different times and circumstances, their lives made vividly palpable by the nuance and empathy of Munro's writing. Runaway is about the power and betrayals of love, about lost children, lost chances.
There is pain and desolation beneath the surface, like a needle in the heart, which makes these stories more powerful and compelling than anything she has written.
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize 2009.
'Runaway is so good I don't want to talk about it. Quotation can't do the book justice, and neither can synopsis. The way to do it justice is to read it. Read Munro! Read Munro!' --Jonathan Franzen, New York Times Book Review
"HER GENIUS CANNOT BE DENIED...The contemporary writer I admire above all others ” Independent “ It is almost impossible to describe their unforced exactness, their unrushed economy... Munro has a genius for evoking the particular and peculiar atmosphere of relationships, their unspoken pressures and expectations ” --Alan Hollinghurst, Guardian
"A beautiful, echoing collection, and a demonstration of perfected and unflinching form." -Scotsman
"A precious gem...This is a real cause for literary celebration." --Irish Times
"She is a sculptor of the human condition: nothing more and nothing less than an artist." --Evening Standard
Alice Munro is the author of The Beggar Maid (shortlisted for the Booker Prize) a novel and several outstanding collections of stories, including Open Secrets (winner of the WHSmith Literary Award), and Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. Her work appears regularly in The New Yorker and she is a winner of the Giller Prize and the Governor General's Prize in her native Canada.