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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas Gibson Books; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771064861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771064869
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By Dianne Black on 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 on June 8 2014
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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 By MaureenF on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ida Lauridsen on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kkmercurie on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Malcolmson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ouyang Ti on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on Dec 2 2013
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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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