Munro, Alice (Author) & Smiley, Jane (Contributor). FAMILY FURNISHINGS: SELECTED STORIES 1995-2014 . New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 625 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of Alice Munro's greatest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published simultaneously in Canada and the United States in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. "Autographed Copy" round white sticker pasted in front. Presents Alice Munro's "Family Furnishings". Her celebratory, post-Nobel Prize collection. Here are "twenty-four of Alice Munro's most accomplished, most powerfully affecting stories, many of them set in the territory she has so brilliantly made her own: The small towns and flatlands of Southwestern Ontario. Subtly honed with her hallmark precision, grace, and compassion, these stories illuminate the quotidian yet extraordinary particularity in the lives of men and women, parents and children, friends and lovers as they discover sex, fall in love, part, quarrel, suffer defeat, set off into the unknown, or find a way to be in the world" (Publisher's blurb). "Our Chekhov" (Cynthia Ozick). "A stunningly precise writer who is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300. Munro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, but her intelligence, compassion, and astonishing power of perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable dignity, indeed redemption, since she shows how much of The Extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptiness called The Ordinary" (Nobel Prize Citation). An absolute "must-have" title for Alice Munro collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the publisher's tipped-in page by Alice Munro. Her publisher issued a very limited number of pre-signed copies to celebrate this Nobel Prize retrospective. Throughout her long career, Munro made very few public appearances, and is a reluctant signer at best. As such, most of her books are signed on a bookplate, which are much less desirable than copies signed on either the title page or tipped-in page. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such pre-signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many copies available online have serious flaws yet are priced as though they had collectible value. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. One of the greatest living writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALICE MUNRO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1101874104. $150.00

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