The first lady of short fiction returns with another classic collection of stories. Each of these nine pieces, set in Munro's home territory of Ontario and British Columbia, probes the nature of human connection. In The Bear Came Over the Mountain, a cheating husband puts his wife in an old-age home, where she unexpectedly finds romance. A biology teacher battles creationists in Comfort. Narratives like Nettles and Post and Beam reveal the surprises and disappointments inherent in love relationships. With astonishing clarity and wisdom, Munro portrays the nature of passion, the pull of memory and the power of the past. A reading group guide is available in print and online at

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