Runaway

Alice Munro

For the most part I felt disappointed with Munro’s new collection, though there are a few stories that I liked a lot. I’d read the title story in the New Yorker a few months ago, so perhaps that one just wasn’t as fresh in a re-reading. The trio of stories involving Juliet were pretty good as a set, but I felt that none of them would have stood up on their own without the other ones to give context. It took me forever to sort out the characters in “Trespasses” and by that point I’m sure I missed many of the nuances. “Tricks” was probably my favorite story, just how it successfully arcs across decades. Overall I kept feeling like either I just wasn’t in a short story mood or I kept noticing the seams of the stories.