Dear Life: Stories Hardcover – Oct 13 2012
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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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
She is a very creative writer
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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Great reading. Her art of description is outstanding. The topic is simple everyday life. We went to the NAC production of this story with the addition of music to her story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by MHardy
Alice's short stories are always a pleasure to read. This collection is somewhat dark. I was intrigued by the last section, apparently some of her own favorites.Published 9 months ago by Elaine
Always a treat to read Alice Munro's short stories and I was not the least disappointedPublished 9 months ago by Jane C McGreg.
A wonderful reading experience! Alice Munro unravels so many of life's mysteries common to all of us.Published 13 months ago by Eunice Little
Outstanding work by a remarkable writer.
The last chapter in which she recounts her own life is especially moving.
Though one is hungry for a fuller account of her life.