Audiobook CD - 2004
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The incomparable Alice Munro's bestselling and rapturously acclaimed Runaway is a book of extraordinary stories about women of all ages and circumstances--and about love and its infinite betrayals and surprises. The runaway of the title story is a young woman who 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 insight, the limits and lies of passion. Three stories concern a woman named Juliet--in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. In these and other stories, Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.
Publisher: Auburn, CA : Audio Partners, [2004]
Copyright Date: ℗2004
ISBN: 9781572704466
Branch Call Number: FIC Munro
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (11 hrs., 3 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Dakin, Kymberly
Alternative Title: Run away [sound recording (CD)]


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Jun 29, 2009

This is the 58th of a series of titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts and literature in particular in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper. Martel has devoted a Web site to the reading list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume.

Martel has only recently started receiving acknowledgements from Harper's staff. A link to a Globe and Mail article about the responses is also added to this reading list. However, as Martel remarks in the covering letter to a previous submission: "I get the sense that L.A. Lavell, another of your executive correspondence officers, didn’t spend much time on the book. Will you ever write to me?"

What is touching about this Alice Munro recommendation is that Martel recalls how he received a call from then-PM Jean Chretien when he won the Booker Prize. He asks if Harper has called Munro to congratulate her on her recent International Booker Prize recognition ...

Martel also provided this book in both traditional and audiobook formats, which is particularly thoughtful.

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