• "Deep and surprising and unsparing"

    Helen Simpson, Guardian
  • "As rich and astonishing as anything she has ever done before"

    New York Review of Books
  • "In this book Munro has laid bare the foundations of her fiction as never before. Lovers of her writing must hope this is not, in fact, her finale. But if it is, it’s spectacular"

    Ruth Scurr, Daily Telegraph
  • "Another dazzling collection of short stories, provincial and universal in equal measure"

    Sara Wheeler, Observer
  • "A slight sense of withholding gives Munro's prose its gracefulness, and allows intimacy without danger. After many years, many collections and many wonderful stories, readers may feel they know everything about Alice Munro, especially as so many of her characters lead lives similar to her own. In fact, we know very little about her. This is one of the reasons readers become dizzy with love for Munro. This other reason is that she is so damn good"

    Anne Enright, Guardian