Lives of Girls and Women
Lives of Girls and Women is an intensely readable, touching and very funny short story cycle that centres on Del Jordan, a young woman who journeys from the carelessness of childhood through an uneasy adolescence in search of love and sexual experience. As Del dreams of becoming famous, suffers embarrassment about her mother, endures the humiliation of her body's insistent desires and tries desperately to fall in love, she grapples with the crises that mark the passage to womanhood. (From Penguin Canada)
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From the book
Unconnected to the life of love, uncolored by love, the world resumes its own, its natural and callous importance. This is first a blow, then an odd consolation. And already I felt my old self — my old, devious, ironic, isolated self — beginning to breathe again and stretch and settle, though all around it my body clung cracked and bewildered, in the stupid pain of loss.
From Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro ©1971. Published by Penguin Canada.
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