by Sukey HowardFebruary, 2005
Nobody does it better
So many books, so little time. Here's a reminder that literary listening is a wonderful way to keep up with the best in new fiction. I think it's fair to say that Alice Munro is one of the best short-story writers working today. And I also think it's fair to say that short stories lend themselves naturally to audio presentation; their shorter length often matches the time we have to hear them, letting us listen for subtleties of style and nuances of language. The eight stories in her new collection, Runaway, with gentle, eloquent narration by Kymberly Dakin, well deserve that kind of close attention. They center on women, Canadian women, of very different ages and circumstances, yet their very particular situations exploring roads taken and not taken, emotions understood and misunderstood resonate no matter your nationality or gender. Not a word is wasted, nor a moment of your time.