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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By J. Teal
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Ms. Munro is my hero. I'm not going to mince my words. Such talent deserves to be recognized as extraordinary.

But her talent comes not from flash and flourish. Ms. Munro's stories are insightful and get under the skin. They ring true because of the immense literary background from which they come.

Other reviewers will latch onto the details. I can only say: begin reading Alice Munro. If you love the short story form, it is imperative you read the very best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 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 a fine distillation of Alice Munro's fine craft Jan. 6 2014
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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. And gives the reader much to ponder -- usually of vanished times but yet so current emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life and urges of people living in little towns Dec 29 2013
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When I drove through the quiet towns of Ontario I used to wonder who live there and what they do for a living. Of course these towns have changed from the time when Mumro wrote this book (a lot of them maybe more deserted, which is sad). But I belive you don't have to grow up in Canada to understand the people in this book. Many of these stories remind me of my mother and her friends living in towns of China, twenty years ago: Life may be simple and satisfying, but can change because of a slightest thought.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alice Munro captures life so eloquently Dec 2 2013
By Maggie
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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. Her writing is evocative, concise, and thought provoking. She captures the magic in the mundane and leaves us pondering the meaning of our own everyday thoughts and decisions.
A must read for all.
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Published 17 days ago by NING CHEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What can I say about our Nobel prize winner?
Published 1 month ago by Bettyjane Wylie
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I had a hard time getting through this. It was just an ok book.
Published 1 month ago by Aurelia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 1 month ago by ROGER N PLANT
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved the short realistic stories.
Published 1 month ago by Elvera Missen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A book to be read and reread.
Published 2 months ago by Gerald T. Gummo
5.0 out of 5 stars A short story master
Alice Munro writes of the almost inexplicable events that can change a whole path of life. Each story is worth savoring, as if you have had the chance to just glimpse into a key... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne
3.0 out of 5 stars I've decided I'm not a short story fan. I ...
I've decided I'm not a short story fan. I just get into the story and it's over. It says something for Alice Monroe that she leaves me wanting more.
Published 3 months ago by Cheryl Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous
Munro at her absolute best. She conveys so much with as few words as possible. Enjoyable read. Especially enjoyed the more autobiographical stories.
Published 3 months ago by ampersand
2.0 out of 5 stars Why her?
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..... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hetty Stuart
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