Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories

By Alice Munro
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"Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" is a collection of stories by Alice Munro that explore the complexities of human relationships and the varied experiences of love as it evolves through different stages.

The first story, "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," follows the life of Johanna, a middle-aged housekeeper who falls victim to a prank that leads her into an unexpected romance.

In "Floating Bridge," a young girl named Jinny witnesses her mother's affair and is forced to come to terms with the consequences of her parents' actions.

"Mischief" tells the story of Carrie, a teenager struggling with her erratic father's behavior as she navigates her first experiences with love and heartbreak.

The fourth story, "Post and Beam," explores the struggle of a woman named Cissy, whose marriage is tested when her husband's former lover resurfaces unexpectedly.

In "What Is Remembered," a woman named Meriel reflects on her past as she recounts her romantic encounters and the choices she made that shaped her life.

The collection concludes with "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," where Fiona's husband, Grant, grapples with the challenges of their marriage when Fiona develops Alzheimer's disease.

Through these interconnected stories, "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" delves into the intricacies of human connections, the consequences of our actions, and the enduring power of love.
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