Author: Alice Munro

Published: 2004

Genre: Short stories

About Runaway: Collection of eight short stories.

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  1. Runaway
  2. Chance
  3. Soon
  4. Silence
  5. Passion
  6. Trespasses
  7. Tricks
  8. Powers



‘Tricked Up: Alice Munro rebels against realism.’ Meghan O'Rourke, Slate, 21 December 2004.
“...there is more of O. Henry in Munro than her admirers tend to admit.”
‘Runaway: Alice's Wonderland.’ Jonathan Franzen, NY Times, 14 November 2004.
“...I want to circle around Munro's latest marvel of a book, Runaway, by taking some guesses at why her excellence so dismayingly exceeds her fame.”
‘Realizing That Certainty Is Inevitably Uncertain.’ Michiko Kakutani, NY Times, 7 December 2004.
“Unfortunately, her latest collection of stories, Runaway, does not represent Ms. Munro's artistry at its height.”
‘Intricate stories told with craft and feeling.’ David Skinner, Washington Times, 18 December 2004.
“In Ms. Munro's stories, disaster strikes, and everyone is utterly changed, but the whole place is quiet.”
Lizzie Skurnick, New York Magazine, 23 October 2004.
“But throughout Runaway's tales, Munro sacrifices her characters to the vagaries of chance with a sheer ruthlessness that is close to unbearable.”
‘Munro's 'Runaway' hits home.’ Maria Fish, USA Today, 17 November 2004.
“...may very well be the synthesizing work of one of literature's keenest investigators into the human soul.”
‘From Munro, lives of Canadian desperation.’ David Thoreen, Boston Globe, 14 November 2004.
“...she outjoices Joyce and checkmates Chekhov.”
‘Dark and luminous tales.’ Lisa Jennifer Selzman, Houston Chronicle, 26 November 2004.
“Once again, Munro has crafted graceful, harrowing biographies of people we are sure we have met in our neighborhood, or at the grocery store, or sitting close by as we have a cup of tea.”
‘The Munro doctrine.’ Alan Hollinghurst, The Guardian, 5 February 2005.
“Munro's tone can be bracingly dry.”
‘Leave Them and Love Them.’ Lorrie Moore, The Atlantic Monthly, December 2004.
“There are no happy endings here, but neither are these tales tragedies.”
‘Letter From Munrovia.’ Jessica Winter, Village Voice, 9 November 2004.
“ lean and finely carved as a middle-distance athlete, as distilled and suggestive as its single-word flashpoint titles...”
‘Challenging journeys through women's eyes.’ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times, 31 October 2004.
“...a "solid" collection, rather than a career-topping one. Just keep in mind that "solid" in Munro's case is still better than almost anything else out there.”
‘Innovative Munro maintains high standards.’ Kathleen George, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 21 November 2004.
“These stories must be read slowly and savored.”
‘The folly of trying to escape life.’ David Hellman, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 November 2004.
“At her best there is an underlying, almost passive tension that brings a subtle darkness to many of these stories.”
‘The Munro Doctrine.’ Carolyn See, Washington Post, 19 November 2004.
“ great stories and one good one.”
‘You can run, but you can't hide.’ Tom Gatti, The Times, 5 February 2005.
“Millions of words have been spilt in attempts to tell us exactly what it means to be human. In eight short stories—a teacup-full—Munro performs that very miracle.”
Angie Kritenbrink, Identity Theory, 7 November 2004.
“...let me thank again Whoever Is Listening that Alice Munro never went through an MFA program...”
‘Munro's stories startlingly real.’ Ashley Simpson Shires, Rocky Mountain News, 19 November 2004.
“Each short story begs to be read again and again.”
Ragdoll, My Tragic Right Hip, 10 August 2008
“...a book never to be given away or loaned to a friend, it's just that good.”
Joy, Thoughts of Joy, 21 September 2008
“Her style is very unique, but teeters between intriguing and annoying.”


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Added 13 June 2006.
Updated 05 September 2013.