Winter 2012

Alice Munro graces our Winter issue with a new short story, “To Reach Japan,” in which a young mother casts herself out of one life and into another, like a message in a bottle tossed in a sea to reach the far shore.

The issue also features Amy Bloom’s edgy new story, “A Portion of Your Loveliness,” and a great David Guterson Jewish family vacation Christmas story, “Hot Springs.”

And that’s not all. Narrative Prize winner Kevin A. González’s story, “Christmas Eve,” is a contemporary Latino echo of Tolstoy’s dictum about unhappy families. Don’t miss this startling tale by a worthy new writer.

A complete description of the pleasures to be found in this issue would run too long for this space, but, briefly, let us note that here you will find extraordinary works by Sherman Alexie, Jim Harrison, Jayne Anne Phillips, Robert Coover, Aleksandra Crapanzano, Rick Bass, and many others, including both newcomers and established authors. The issue offers an abundance of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, iPoems, and iStories, and concludes with an often-overlooked classic story by Virginia Woolf, “The Mark on the Wall.”

Whether you’re looking to fill your holiday hours with good reading, to casually dip in and out of a great collection of writing, or simply to spend more quality time with Narrative in a print edition or in a PDF, this issue, our annual hard copy, with the best of the best, is the right one for you and for anyone to whom you’d like to give the gift of great reading.

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