Friday, October 04, 2013
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
The title story is about Edith and Sabitha, two bored young girls who decide to play a cruel trick on the unsophisticated housekeeper of Sabitha's family. The girls forge a series of love letters to the housekeeper, Johanna, who is flattered because she believes they are being sent to her by Sabitha's father who is a bit of a rake. She seizes what she perceives to be an opportunity for happiness and sets off to Saskatchewan to surprise him. Lives change and the unexpected ending turns the story on its head.
These nine stories are beautifully written in Munro's simplistic and seemingly effortless style. I'm keeping it at my bedside. I don't want to wait a decade to return to it again.