Title: Too Much Happiness
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First American Edition.
Fine/Fine unread copy protected by archival Brodart cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 001225
Synopsis: Ten superb new stories by one of our most beloved and admired writers?the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize.
In the first story a young wife and mother receives release from the unbearable pain of losing her three children from a most surprising source. In another, a young woman, in the aftermath of an unusual and humiliating seduction, reacts in a clever if less-than-admirable fashion. Other stories uncover the ?deep-holes? in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and how a boy?s disfigured face provides both the good things in his life and the bad. And in the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky?a late-nineteenth-century Russian émigré and mathematician?on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and, Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.
With clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories that shed light on the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.
Too Much Happiness is a compelling, provocative?even daring?collection.
"She writes with a beautiful clarity, an elemental humanity and a marvellous, limpid, funny, apprehension of what goes on" (Jane Shilling Sunday Telegraph)
"Some of the most honest, intuitive and exacting fiction, long or short, of our time" (Tom Gatti The Times)
"Munro's bold, unflinching narratives have taken the short story places many a novelist has feared to tread... That she does this in a style both calm and deliberate, fluid yet tightly controlled, stark yet compassionate, is what makes her insights into the human condition so profound" (Mary Crockett Scotsman)
"Written with veteran assurance, brimming with intensely believable characters and rich social detail, these dispatches from the most unsparing reaches of Munro's imagination confirm her acclaimed place on the highest ground of contemporary fiction" (Peter Kemp Sunday Times)
"Alice Munro commands enormous respect and almost uncritical adoration from her readers" (Elaine Showalter Literary Review)
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