This is an early memoir by Nobel laureate, Alice Munro. It is, I'm told, her only full length book. It tells the story of her life from early adolescence through to her final school exams in small town Canada. It is in turns moving, funny, charming, quirky and very much of its time. I loved it. It is a very female piece. Men play a small role and are mostly objects of amusement or bemusement, and, in one case, thorough grubbiness - but, though the title may sound off-putting, it was, for me a joyous read.