Lives of Girls and Women

This short story cycle from Alice Munro, published in 1971, explores the life of one woman from childhood through the passage of womanhood.

Alice Munro

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)

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.

Interviews with Alice Munro

Alice Munro amazed by Nobel win

8 years ago
Duration 2:14
'Not under any illusion that it was the only good book around' 2:14
Rewind presents an hour long vintage conversation between Peter Gzowski, long time host of CBC Radio's Morningside, and the brilliant short story writer Alice Munro, who won the Nobel Prize for literature last fall. 54:59

5 coolest things Alice Munro has told the CBC about her writing

6 years ago
Duration 2:04
Alice Munro turns 85 on July 10, 2016. Over the hears, she's been interviewed by the CBC many times. 2:04
A rare conversation with Canada’s first winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. In this interview from 2004, Eleanor speaks with Munro about her Giller Prize-winning collection of short stories, Runaway. 52:46
On a cold, autumn night a group of women gather for their regular book club. Over snacks, wine and tea, they discuss Alice Munro's work, and how her stories illuminate some of the deepest issues in their own lives. 53:59