Lives of Girls and Women

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Penguin Group (Canada), Jun 28, 2005 - Canadian fiction - 256 pages
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Lives of Girls and Women is the intensely readable, touching, and very funny story of Del Jordan, a young woman who journeys from the carelessness of childhood through an uneasy adolescence in search of love and sexual experience.

As Del dreams of becoming famous, suffers embarrassment about her mother, endures the humiliation of her body's insistent desires, and tries desperately to fall in love, she grapples with the crises that mark the passage to womanhood.

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User Review  - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing

Lives of Girls and Women is the only novel by a primarily short story author, and that is somewhat evident in the style of the book. While the book is all told in the perspective of the same narrator ... Read full review

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User Review  - jmoncton - LibraryThing

This book is billed as a novel, but really it feels like a set of short stories all featuring the same main character Del Jordan. Each chapter chronicles an episode in Del's life growing up in a very ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published sixteen books -- Dance of the Happy Shades; Lives of Girls and Women, Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You; Who Do You Think You Are?; The Moons of Jupiter; The Progress of Love; Friend of My Youth; Open Secrets; Selected Stories; The Love of a Good Woman; Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage; Runaway; The View from Castle Rock; Alice Munro's Best, Too Much Happiness, and Dear Life. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including the recent Nobel Prize in Literature which cited her as "a master of the contemporary short story."

Here at home she has won too many awards to list, including three Governor General's Literary Awards, two Giller Prizes, several Trillium Prizes and a number of Libris Awards. Elsewhere she has won the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England's W. H. Smith Book Award, Italy's Pescara prize, the United States' National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Saturday Night, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages.

Alice Munro divides her time between Clinton, Ontario, and Comox, British Columbia.

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