The incomparable Alice Munro's bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises. In Munro's hands, the people she writes about — women of all ages and circumstances, and their friends, lovers, parents, and children — become as vivid as our own neighbours. It is her miraculous gift to make these stories as real and unforgettable as our own. (From Penguin Canada)
Runaway won the Giller Prize in 2004.
For five years Robin had been doing this. One play every summer. It had started when she was living in Stratford, training to be a nurse. She went with a fellow student who had a couple of free tickets from her aunt, who worked on costumes. The girl who had the tickets was bored sick — it was King Lear — so Robin had kept quiet about how she felt. She could not have expressed it anyway — she would rather have gone away from the theater alone, and not had to talk to anybody for at least twenty-four hours. Her mind was made up then to come back. And to come by herself.
From Runaway by Alice Munro ©2004. Published by Penguin Canada.
Julieta, a film directed by Pedro Almodóvar, is adapted from three stories in Runaway.