Dance of the happy shades and other stories

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McGraw-Hill, 1973 - Fiction - 224 pages
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These stories are set in the small towns and farms of south-western Ontario, Canada. They tell of the seemingly simple and everyday: the joys and cruelties of love, the self-discovery of adolescence the despair to those confronting a narrowing existence and the hatred that can exist between neighbours and families.

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This was Munro's first published work and it won the Governor-General's Award for fiction in 1968. I think it is fair to say that many of the stories are autobiographical, remembering her early years ... Read full review

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User Review  - sonofcarc - LibraryThing

I didn't realize when reading this that it was Munro's first collection. That would explain why, as never before, I was able to detect Influences. The title story, and the shocking comic ending of "A ... Read full review


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Alice Munro was born Alice Laidlaw in Wingham, Ontario on July 10, 1931. She published her first story, The Dimensions of a Shadow, while a student at the University of Western Ontario in 1950. She left the university in 1951 to get married and start a family. In 1972 she became Writer in Residence at the University of Western Ontario. Her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), won a Governor General's Award, which is Canada's highest literary prize. Her other works include Lives of Girls and Women, The Beggar Maid, The View from Castle Rock, and Too Much Happiness. She has received several awards including the Governor General's Award for Who Do You Think You Are? and the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 for her lifetime body of work. In 1980 she held the position of Writer in Residence at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Atlantic Monthly.

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