The Moons of Jupiter, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The characters who populate an Alice Munro story live and breathe. Passions hopelessly conceived, affections betrayed, marriages made and broken: the joys, fears, loves and awakenings of women echo throughout these twelve unforgettable stories, laying bare the unexceptional and yet inescapable pain of human contact.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9780099458364



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This is an earlyish collection, her fifth to be published, from 1982. The themes of the stories seem to be fairly representative of the sort of thing Munro is known for: the central characters tend to be middle-aged women, mostly coming to terms with their small-town/farm backgrounds and/or starting or ending new relationships after the breakup of their first marriages. The characters are - at least on the surface - very ordinary, and not a lot happens in terms of plot. There are no "surprise endings" or twists in the tale: Munro generally sets up a situation and then destabilises our view of it either by using a discordant detail or by bringing in an alternative interpretation of events. Very subtle, and usually extremely effective.

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