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Away from Her by Alice Munroe

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Alice Munro has long been heralded for her penetrating, lyrical prose, and in “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”—the basis for Sarah Polley’s film Away from Her —her prodigious talents are once again on display.

As she follows Grant, a retired professor whose wife Fiona begins gradually to lose her memory and drift away from him, we slowly see how a lifetime of intimate details can create a marriage, and how mysterious the bonds of love really are.

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Alice Ann Munro (Munro) (born Alice Ann Munro; born July 10, 1931, Wingham, Ontario, Canada) - Canadian writer, Booker Prize laureate, three-time Canadian Governor General Prize in fiction, Nobel Prize for literature for 2013. Munroe was born in Wingham, Ontario to a family of farmers. Her father`s name was Robert Eric Laidlaw, and her mother, a schoolteacher, was Anne Clark Laidlaw. She began writing as a teenager and published her first short story, Dimensions of the Shadow, in 1950 while attending the University of Northern Ontario. During this period, she worked as a waitress. In 1951, she left the university, where she majored in English since 1949, married James Munroe and moved to Vancouver. Her daughters Sheila, Katherine, and Jenny were born in 1953, 1955, and 1957, respectively; Catherine died 15 hours after birth. In 1963 they moved to Victoria where they opened a bookstore called "Munro`s Books". In 1966, daughter Andrea was born. Alice Munroe and James divorced in 1972. She returned to Ontario to become a writer at the University of Western Ontario. In 1976, she married Gerald Fremlin, a geographer. The couple moved to a farm near Clinton, Ontario. They later moved from the farm to the city. Alice Munroe`s first compilation, Dance of the Happy Shadows (1968), was highly acclaimed for which she won the Governor General`s Award, Canada`s highest literary award. This success was cemented by Lives of Girls and Women (1971), a collection of interrelated stories published as a novel. In 1978, the collection "Who are you, in fact, such?" Was published. This book allowed Munroe to win the Governor General`s Award for the second time. From 1979 to 1982 she toured Australia, China and Scandinavia. In 1980, Munroe served as a Resident Writer at the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland. During the 1980s and 1990s, Munro published collections of stories approximately every four years. In 2002, her daughter Sheila Munroe published a memoir about her childhood and her mother`s life. Alice Munroe`s stories appear frequently in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Grand Street, Mademoiselle, and The Paris Rewiew. Her latest collection, Too Much Happiness, was published in August 2009. Her story The Bear Walked Over the Mountain was adapted for the screen, directed by Sarah Polly, as Away From Her, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent.

The film debuted at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival.

Polly`s adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award Best Adapted Screenplay, but lost and won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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