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Munro, Alice (Author) & Smiley, Jane (Contributor). FAMILY FURNISHINGS: SELECTED STORIES 1995-2014. Toronto, Canada: McLelland & Stewart, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 625 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of short stories. One of Alice Munro's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run in her native Canada as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Alice Munro's "Family Furnishings: Selected Stories 1995-2014". Her celebratory, post-Nobel Prize collection. "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 copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Alice Munro. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate. She signed on top of the page, making her signature even more prominent. This title is a classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (Canadian) available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Precedes and should NOT be confused with the American Edition. Throughout her long career, Munro made 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. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALICE MUNRO TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 077106120X. $400.00

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