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About the Book

In Alice Munro’s superb new collection, we find stories about women of all ages and circumstances, their lives made palpable by the subtlety and empathy of this incomparable writer.

The runaway of the title story is a young woman who, though she thinks she wants to, is incapable of leaving her husband. In "Passion," a country girl emerging into the larger world via a job in a resort hotel discovers in a single moment of stunning insight the limits and lies of that mysterious emotion. Three stories are about a woman named Juliet–in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls’ school into a wild and irresistible love match; in the second she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose life and marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her child, caught, she mistakenly thinks, in the grip of a religious cult, vanishes into an unexplained and profound silence. In the final story, "Powers," a young woman with the ability to read the future sets off a chain of events that involves her husband-to-be and a friend in a lifelong pursuit of what such a gift really means, and who really has it.

Throughout this compelling collection, Alice Munro’s understanding of the people about whom she writes makes them as vivid as our own neighbors. Here are the infinite betrayals and surprises of love–between men and women, between friends, between parents and children–that are the stuff of all our lives. It is Alice Munro’s special gift to make these stories as vivid and real as our own.
(front flap)

Table of Contents
Runaway
Chance
Soon
Silence
Passion
Trespasses
Tricks
Powers

Excerpts

Carla heard the car coming before it topped the little rise in the road that around here they called a hill.
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15 editions First published in 2004

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Runaway
2007, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
eBook in English
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Runaway by Munro, Alice
2006, Vintage
Paperback
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Runaway: stories.
2005, W. F. Howes
in English - Large print ed.
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Runaway
2005, Random House Large Print
in English
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Runaway: stories
2005, Penguin Canada
in English
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Runaway
2005, Vintage
Mass Market Paperback in English
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Runaway: Stories (Audio Editions)
November 1, 2005, The Audio Partners
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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Runaway: Stories (Rumpole Crime)
November 2004, BBC Audiobooks America
Audio cassette in English
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RUNAWAY
2004, Knopf
Hardcover in English
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Runaway: Stories (Rumpole Crime)
November 2004, BBC Audiobooks America
Audio Cassette in English - Unabridged edition
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Runaway: stories
2004, M&S
in English
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Runaway: stories
2004, Knopf
in English - 1st ed.
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Runaway: Stories
2005 November, Vintage Contemporaries
Paperback in English - 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed.
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Runaway: Stories
2005 March, Alfred A. Knopf
Hardcover in English - Ninth printing

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