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Dear Life: Stories [Hardcover]

Alice Munro
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Oct. 13 2012
With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped -- the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be.

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Trillium Award Finalist - 2013

"It has become practically de rigeur to refer to Munro as 'our Chekhov'... But at this point in Munro's career, how much can it add? What is certain is this: She is our Munro. And how fortunate we are to call her that." -- New York Times Book Review

About the Author

ALICE MUNRO is the author of twelve collections of stories -- the most recent of which are Runaway, The View From Castle Rock, and Too Much Happiness -- as well as a novel, Lives of Girls and Women, and Selected Stories. Among the many awards and prizes she has received are: three Governor General's Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes in Canada; the Rea Award, the Lannan Literary Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Man Booker International Prize, Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. The author lives in Clinton, Ontario.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Read Nov. 15 2013
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Great stories. Gripping from the first paragraph with unexpected endings that often leave you thinking. Always about simple life situations that she manages to portray in very unusual and interesting ways.
She is a very creative writer
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Bookish Thoughts... Dec 29 2012
By Reader Writer Runner TOP 50 REVIEWER
In "Dear Life," Alice Munro deliberately leaves crucial backstory sketchy or fills it in at incongruent points in the narrative. She embraces a fragmentary quality. She marks her plots with abrupt departure, eerie premonitions and personalities twisted by religious ideals. But her style does not produce a jarring or disjointed collection; rather, it captures the qualities of memory and consciousness and reveals startling character types with stark if not surreal insight.

In one story, a soldier leaps off the back of a passenger train just before it delivers him to a long-anticipated reunion with his fiancée. In another, a love affair between a wealthy eccentric and a married architect builds to a shattering revelation. In another still, a young policeman, forced to care for his ailing wife, becomes quiet­ly obsessed with a religious teenager who disappears in a blizzard. These near-Gothic story lines feature violence, illness or ruined reputations and show how a seemingly inconsequential detail in life can either torment or liberate.

Stories often come to harrowing conclusions that feel both inevitable and cathartic. Munro consistently restores unquiet order and shows that life goes on. Sort of.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why her? March 18 2014
I do not understand why Alice Munro's writing rates the Nobel Peace Prize. There are so many better (Canadian) authors who could win this award.....Amy McKay comes to mind in The Birth House. Munro's stories deal with human relationships, and to give her credit, she is an amazing word-smith, but her stories lack resolution. I am always left hanging - wondering where the ending was, what did I miss?
Having said that, I was spell-bound, finishing the book quickly. (likely looking for that elusive ending somewhere....) I am from Wingham, her hometown, so I always feel compelled to read every book she writes. I still don't get it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy every word and every page March 16 2014
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This is Alice Munro's specialty, the short story. A must read for Canadians and any else who loves a well-written story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read Feb. 18 2014
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Stories we can all relate to, cleverly told. First book I've read of Alice Munro, but now that I've had a taste, I'll be reading everything she wrote.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alice Munro at her very best ! Feb. 6 2014
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As always Alice Munro has given us another great read, I enjoyed it very much. Her description of the characters is so well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big characters Jan. 27 2014
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Munro writes real people, as though she knows them, and she probably does. I finish her stories with mixed feelings; disappointment that I don't get to spend more time with the people she's introduced me to, and a sense of ponderousness, that I must have missed something, because the moral she is pointing out is not the one I got from the story two sentences before. Really enjoyable reading, and the last story is truly revealing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life enriching Jan. 10 2014
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Consistently entertaining and insightful. A voyage through human nature, including that of Ms. Munro. Definately well worth the Nobel Prize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic
A stunning read from start to finish. Engrossing stories whose characters come to life almost immediately. It's no wonder Munro won the Noble Prize!
Published 3 months ago by Douglas W Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine distillation of Alice Munro's fine craft
As so many have said before, her writing is taut, both elegant and elegiac, and surprises the reader with crafty new uses of familiar words. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Malcolmson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I bought this for my wife for Xmas and she loves it, great reading on the lazy days or bedtime
Published 3 months ago by Rick draper
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and urges of people living in little towns
When I drove through the quiet towns of Ontario I used to wonder who live there and what they do for a living. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ouyang Ti
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice Munro captures life so eloquently
As a fellow Canadian, I found myself feeling an immense pride that Alice Munro recently was awarded the Nobel prize for literature. When I read Dear Life I understood why. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Life
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it inspired me to reread other Alice Munro books I had in my collection.
Published 4 months ago by Aileen Foan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
The beginning stories were not interesting. But toward the end the momentum picked up. The finish was interesting especially the end.
Published 4 months ago by Radha Jayaraman
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