Lives of Girls and Women

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Lives of Girls and Women
Lives of Girls and Women (novel).jpg
Author Alice Munro
Genre Bildungsroman, short story cycle
Publisher McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Publication date
Pages 254 pp.
ISBN 978-0-07-092932-6
OCLC 517102

Lives of Girls and Women is a short story cycle by Nobel Prize–winning author Alice Munro, published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson in 1971.[1] All of the stories chronicle the life of a single character, Del Jordan, and the book has been characterized as a novel by some critics as a result.

The cycle serves as a coming of age story for Del Jordan growing up first on the outskirts, and later in the centre, of the small, southern Ontario town of Jubilee. Del is portrayed as something of an outsider, unsatisfied with small town life though unwilling to acknowledge the similarities between herself and her mother who also seeks to expand her mind beyond the limited experiences of Jubilee.

The cycle is often cited as concerning many feminist ideas and it is in this context that the text deals primarily with female characters, with only a few male figures playing important roles.[2]

A television adaptation of the book, starring Tanya Allen as Del and Wendy Crewson as her mother Ada, aired on CBC Television in 1994.[3]

Lives of Girls and Women
Directed by Ronald Wilson
Produced by Richard Borchiver
Written by book Alice Munro
writer Charles K. Pitts
Kelly Rebar
Starring Tanya Allen
Wendy Crewson
Music by Lawrence Shragge
Cinematography Harry Makin
Edited by Susan Shipton
Paragon Entertainment Corporation
Distributed by Octapixx International
Release date
  • 1994 (1994)
Running time
92 min.
Country Canada
Language English


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