In this new and brilliant collection, Munro once more explores the lives of various inhabitants of the countryside and towns around Lake Huron. With her now trademark ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious- and timeless-feeling stories, Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped – the moment a dream, or sex, or a new way of looking at things, or perhaps just fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being.
This collection, suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling – this collection of departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paints a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and remarkable “dear life” can be.
About the Author
Winner of the Man Booker International Prize for 2009, Alice Munro is the author of eleven collections of stories, The View From Castle Rock, and a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. She has received many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, the W.H. Smith Book Award in the UK, the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Beggar Maid. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly The Paris Review, and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives with her husband in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron in Canada.
Reviewed by 2 customers
Displaying reviews 1-2
I don't usually enjoy short stories (unless they are funny) but this book changed my mind. Beautifully written, clever, thoughtful stories from a master, plus a couple of fascinating autobiographical pieces - it's a treat.
Alice Munro's stories appear simple but they never go where you expect them to and often leave you wanting to know more. An enjoyable read.
"Alice Munro...can create a whole world in a short story - these stories are only 20 or 30 pages long, but they live in the mind like novels... These are stories about the stories we tell ourselves, and they are first rate" Evening Standard "A quiet revelation... Dear Life is full of remarkable moments in ordinary lives and is imbued with an aching sadness" -- Laurie Sansom Herald "In this superb collection of short stories, the acclaimed Canadian writer shows repeatedly how apparently ordinary lives can be infused with dramatic intensity" Mail on Sunday "A collection of truly beautiful short stories, perfectly crafted in a way that leaves no wanting feeling... Profound, poignant and undeniably powerful, this truly is the short story at its finest" The Bookbag "A writer who has refined her remarkable talents over a long lifetime, a writer whose mastery of the craft has reached a level that her nickname, "Canada's Chekhov" feels emptied of all hyperbole... Beautifully written and ambitious in terms of form" -- Billy O'Callaghan Irish Examiner
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 3rd October 2013
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.25