So You Want to Read… (Alice Munro)

Posted 1 July, 2015 by Lianne in Lists / 2 Comments

So You Want to Read… is a new monthly feature here on in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! 🙂


So for this month’s So You Want to Read…, I thought it would be appropriate to feature Canadian author Alice Munro. She’s well-known for writing short stories, and received even more acclaim a few years ago when she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. I admit, I didn’t get around to reading her books until last year, but since then I’ve been trying to read more. She has such a way of crafting stories out of everyday life and activities, they’re quite introspective and filled with character and thoughts.

So, never read any of Alice Munro’s stories and want to try them out? Or maybe you want to expand your literary horizons to include short stories? Look no further, here’s my 3 recommendations on where to start:

  • Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (review) — I cannot recommend this book enough, it is a solid collection from start to finish (there was not a single story in this collection I didn’t like) exploring themes of friendship, bonds of family, love between couples, etc. Two movies also sprang from two stories in this collection, which is pretty cool (Hateship Courtship and Away from Her).
  • Runaway (review) — I read this collection earlier this year and again, a solid book from start to finish and OMG all them feels. This book features stories of women facing dilemmas and inner crises of all sorts, searching for happiness, for relief, longing for self-actualisation, etc. Another book I would whole-heartedly recommend.
  • Selected Stories (1968 – 1994) (review) — Okay, I would recommend checking out the above two titles first before checking out this book. While this book features Alice Munro’s earlier works, I find it to be rather different compared to her later works, sometimes not as compelling, but they paint a very interesting picture of life in rural Canada in the early half of the 20th century. Still worth checking out, but read the above two first.
  • Bonus: Family Furnishings (1995 – 2014) — I haven’t picked up a copy of this collection yet (am waiting for the paperback to be released later this year) but it looks like an excellent collection of her later stories (you can see the list of stories included in this collection over here).

I hope this list of books helps if you’re interested in reading any of her works! Have you read any of Alice Munro’s stories? If so, which collections or stories would you recommend to new readers?

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2 Responses to “So You Want to Read… (Alice Munro)”

  1. I read my first Munro this year: Too Much Happiness. While I loved it and was blown away by her ability to compress whole worlds into tiny stories, I’m not sure it is the best collection for a newbie.

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