Dear Life: Stories
Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. A young soldier, returning to his fiancée from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out. A girl who can’t sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TyUnglebower - LibraryThing
I'm a writer myself, and within the last two years or so have began to concentrate a bit more on writing short fiction. To write is to read, as they say, and I have made an effort to read more short ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - eapalmer - LibraryThing
Alice Munro is a powerful storyteller. Her short stories amaze me. Using uncomplicated language, she moves effortlessly around in time and place. The autobiographical pieces were wonderful. I listened to it all on a rather long car journey. I'm looking forward to reading her words myself. Read full review