Runaway (book)

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Runaway (the short stories book)
Author Alice Munro
Country Canada
Language English
Genre General Fiction
Publisher McClelland and Stewart (First edition), Alfred A. Knopf (First American edition), Vintage (American paperback edition)
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 335 (First edition), 352
ISBN 0-7710-6506-X (First edition), 1-4000-4281-X (First American edition)
OCLC 54692750
Preceded by Vintage Munro
Followed by The View from Castle Rock

Runaway is a book of short stories by Alice Munro. First published in 2004 by McClelland and Stewart, it was awarded that year's Giller Prize and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.[1]


There are eight short stories in the book. Three of the stories ("Chance", "Soon", and "Silence") are about a single character named "Juliet Henderson".

  • "Runaway" – a woman is trapped in a bad marriage.
  • "Chance" – Juliet takes a train trip which leads to an affair.
  • "Soon" – Juliet visits her parents with her child Penelope.
  • "Silence" – Juliet hopes for news from her adult estranged daughter Penelope.
  • "Passion" – A lonely small town girl flees a passionless relationship with an outsider.
  • "Trespasses" – Lauren, a young girl, meets an older woman, Delphine, who is too interested in her.
  • "Tricks" – Robin, a lonely girl, lives life alone due to bad luck and misinterpretation.
  • "Powers" – Tessa, a psychic girl, leaves town. Her friend finds her years later in a compromised position.


  1. ^ "Past Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Winners". Retrieved 7 April 2014. 

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