"Alice Munro's stories are miraculous". (Sunday Times). "No one else can - or should be allowed to - write like the great Alice Munro". (Julian Barnes). "She sets down the pains and pleasures of living in a spare, singing prose, not a word wasted". (Daily Telegraph). "Read not more than one of her stories a day, and allow them to work their spell: they are made to last". (Observer). "She's the most savage writer I've ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive". (Jeffrey Eugenides).