“Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage” is a collection of short stories written by Alice Munro and published in 2001.
Alice Munro is a Canadian short story writer, credited for revolutionizing the architecture of short stories. She won the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013.
Two of the stories featured in the collection have been adapted into film. In 2006, “The Bear came over the Mountation” was adapted into a film entitled “Away from Her” and directed by Sarah Polley. The film “Hateship, Loveship” is a 2014 film adaptation of the collection’s titular story.
The book has been generally well-received by critics and readers. In his New York Times reviews, William H. Pritchard compares Munro’s work to that of Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor.
As a writer, Munro takes on the challenge of seeing what can be said for, what can be made of, ”life,” even — or perhaps by virtue of — its darkest circumstances. And whatever resolution each story enacts is formulated in language that zealously guards itself against too consolatory, too memorable a formula.
-William H. Pritchard, “Road Map Not Included”, New York Times
The collection was a finalist to the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. It was also listed in the New York Times and Time magazine Best Fiction Books. It won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. In 2008, “The Bear Came over the Mountain” was included as a closing piece in another short story collection. It was featured in “My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro”, which was edited by Jeffrey Eugenides.