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Too Much Happiness

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Nine short works include the stories of a grieving mother who is aided by a surprising source, a woman's response to a humiliating seduction and a 19th-century Russian émigré's winter journey to the Riviera.

Ten superb new stories by one of our most beloved and admired writers-the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize.

With clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories about the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.

In the first story a young wife and mother, suffering from the unbearable pain of losing her three children, gains solace 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 tales uncover the "deep-holes" in a marriage, the unsuspected cruelty of children, and, in the long title story, the yearnings of a nineteenth-century female mathematician.


15. November 2010
Alice Munro
253 g
Größe (L/B/H)
207/133/20 mm


Alice Munro

Alice Munro is the author of thirteen collections of stories including Dear Life, Runaway, and Too Much Happiness as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. Among the many awards and prizes she received are three Governor General s Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes in Canada; the Rea Award; the Lannan Literary Award; the National Book Critics Circle Award; and the International Booker Prize. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. Alice Munro died in 2024.


Alice Munro has done it again. . . . [She] keeps getting better. . . . Her brush strokes are fine, her vision encompasses humanity from its most generous to its most corrupt, and the effect is nothing short of masterful. The San Francisco Chronicle

Richly detailed and dense with psychological observation. . . . Munro exhibit[s] a remarkable gift for transforming the seemingly artless into art . . . [She] concentrate[s] upon provincial, even backcountry lives, in tales of domestic tragicomedy that seem to open up, as if by magic, into wider, deeper, vaster dimensions. Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books

Perfect . . . With this collection of surprising short stories, Munro once again displays the fertility of her imagination and her craftsmanship as a writer. USA Today

Too Much Happiness . . . dazzles. The 10 spare, lovely tales [are] brimming with emotion and memorable characters. . . . Munro s are stories that linger long after you turn the last page. Entertainment Weekly, Grade A

Finely, even ingeniously, crafted. . . . [Delivered] with instinctive acuity. The Seattle Times

Rich and satisfying . . . A commanding collection and one of her strongest. . . . Short fiction of this caliber should be on everyone s reading list. Munro s stories are accessible; she simply writes about life. . . . Honest, intuitive storytelling that gives the short story a good name. Chicago Sun-Times

Daring and unpredictable . . . Reading Munro is an intensely personal experience. Her focus is so clear and her style so precise. . . . Each [story is] dramatically and subtly different. The Miami Herald

Coherent and compelling . . . Munro manages to turn the sentimental into the existential. The Philadelphia Inquirer

As always in her distinctive stories, Alice Murno s style is vivid, her attention tireless, her curiosity omnivorous, and her sentences drawn from the freshest of springs. The Washington Post

In story after story, Munro manages to compress whole lives and emotional arcs into 20 or so shapely pages, long enough to engage us in their world but short enough to absorb in a single sitting or commute. Her prose is spare without feeling rushed or cryptic, at once lucid and subtle. The Christian Science Monitor

I sit still for Alice Munro s expository passages every time. She lays down such seemingly ordinary but useful sentences, one after another after another. . . . I stay to marvel. . . . Is there anyone writing short fiction today in English who has more authority? Alan Cheuse, NPR

Consistently engrossing . . . thoughtfully wrought . . . [The] material is given piercing clarity by the resolute simplicity and restraint of Ms. Munro s prose. . . . She can raise hackles on the back of your neck with a precisely phrased unadorned verb or noun. . . . The Munro magic is showcased brilliantly. The Washington Times

More occurs in Munro s short stories than in most novels. . . . The pieces here . . . are thrilling permutations of her recurring themes: love, regret, the re-framing of one s own personal narrative over time. The New York Post

More than virtually anyone else s, Alice Munro s stories unfold in surprising ways that nonetheless seem perfectly right. They are marvels of unhurried compression in which precision looks casual, in which everything is clearly in its place, though no one else might think to put it exactly thus. Minneapolis Star Tribune


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