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message 1: by Diane , Armchair Tour Guide (new) - rated it 4 stars

Diane  | 12974 comments Start discussion here for Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro.


message 2: by Diane , Armchair Tour Guide (last edited May 15, 2018 06:52PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Diane  | 12974 comments About the Book (from Penguin Random House publishers)

The only novel from Alice Munro-award-winning author of The Love of a Good Woman–is an insightful, honest book, “autobiographical in form but not in fact,” that chronicles a young girl’s growing up in rural Ontario in the 1940’s.

Del Jordan lives out at the end of the Flats Road on her father’s fox farm, where her most frequent companions are an eccentric bachelor family friend and her rough younger brother. When she begins spending more time in town, she is surrounded by women-her mother, an agnostic, opinionted woman who sells encyclopedias to local farmers; her mother’s boarder, the lusty Fern Dogherty; and her best friend, Naomi, with whom she shares the frustrations and unbridled glee of adolescence.

Through these unwitting mentors and in her own encounters with sex, birth, and death, Del explores the dark and bright sides of womanhood. All along she remains a wise, witty observer and recorder of truths in small-town life. The result is a powerful, moving, and humorous demonstration of Alice Munro’s unparalleled awareness of the lives of girls and women.

About the Author

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published thirteen collections of stories as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women, and two volumes of Selected Stories. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England’s W. H. Smith Literary Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize. In 2013 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her story “The Bear Came Over the mountain” was filmed by Sarah Polley as Away from Her, and “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” as Hateship Loveship. She lives in Port Hope, Canada, on Lake Ontario.


message 3: by Diane , Armchair Tour Guide (last edited May 19, 2018 01:49PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Diane  | 12974 comments Discussion Questions (from Anne Giardini and Amnesty International Book Club)

1. Describe the ways in which the lives of women differ from those of the men in Jubilee.

2. How much scope do the people of Jubilee have to stray from the accepted template of how a life should be lived?

3. What role does religion play in defining and shaping Jubilee?

4. Why does Del neglect her Uncle Craig’s manuscript?

5. In what ways does Garnet French’s family surprise Del?

6. What does Del take from her relationship with Garnet French that is necessary for her to break away from Jubilee?

7. Does the book transcend time and place? Are the struggles described in this book the same or different than the lives of girls and women today?

8. Does it transcend Southern Ontario? Do you think woman and girls of different countries and cultures can relate to these stories and experiences?

9. In your experience, what happens to the girls who are wondering about the stars and the wider universe?


message 4: by Diane , Armchair Tour Guide (new) - rated it 4 stars

Diane  | 12974 comments Another book I highly recommend!


Ruth | 451 comments I agree with you Diane, I wondered at the beginning if there would be enough "story" for me but there absolutely was. I loved the way the narrator grows and her observations and evaluations of her family and community. So much in there I could identify with, really enjoyed how Del changes from child to young woman in this book.


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