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Too Much Happiness

In this collection of stories, Alice Munro explores the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and transcend what happens in their lives.

Alice Munro

Brilliantly paced, lit with sparks of danger and underlying menace, these are dazzling, provocative stories about Svengali men and the radical women who outmanoeuvre them, about destructive marriages and curdled friendships, about mothers and sons, about moments that change or haunt a life. Alice Munro takes on complex, even harrowing emotions and events, and renders them into stories that surprise, amaze and shed light on the unpredictable ways we accommodate what happens in our lives.

Munro's unsettling stories turn lives into art, and expand our world and our understanding of the strange workings of the human heart. (From Penguin Canada)

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I began to understand that there were certain talkers — certain girls — whom people liked to listen to, not because of what they, the girls, had to say, but because of the delight they took in saying it. A delight in themselves, a shine on their faces, a conviction that whatever they were telling about was remarkable and that they themselves could not help but give pleasure. There might be other people — people like me — who didn't concede this, but that was their loss. And people like me would never be the audience these girls were after, anyway.


From Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro ©2009. Published by Penguin Canada.

Author interviews

Alice Munro on Nobel win

9 years ago
Duration 9:44
Interview with Canada's 1st woman winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
The Ontario-born author talks to broadcaster Harry Boyle about her memories of a small-town childhood. Credit: <em>Something I've been Meaning to Tell You</em>, Alice Munro, Penguin Canada

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