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Dear Life - Alice Munro

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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.

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      5.0

      Masterful

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        Comments about Dear Life:

        This is how you write a short story. The characters are not only real, they are with you in the room and you know what they are feeling at every page. Alice Munro is a master. There is nothing negative about this book.

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        wonderful and engaging short stories

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          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.

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          Intriguing short stories.

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            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.

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            "Deep and surprising and unsparing" -- Helen Simpson Guardian "As rich and astonishing as anything she has ever done before" New York Review of Books "In this book Munro has laid bare the foundations of her fiction as never before. Lovers of her writing must hope this is not, in fact, her finale. But if it is, it's spectacular" -- Ruth Scurr Daily Telegraph "Another dazzling collection of short stories, provincial and universal in equal measure" -- Sara Wheeler Observer "A slight sense of withholding gives Munro's prose its gracefulness, and allows intimacy without danger. After many years, many collections and many wonderful stories, readers may feel they know everything about Alice Munro, especially as so many of her characters lead lives similar to her own. In fact, we know very little about her. This is one of the reasons readers become dizzy with love for Munro. This other reason is that she is so damn good" -- Anne Enright Guardian "Alice Munro is one of our greatest living writers, and this new collection of stories...is essential reading for anyone who cares about literature, storytelling and language, or who savours the deep enjoyment of a writer at the height of her powers...These stories remind us of the world Munro was born into...And they remind us, therefore, how lucky we are to have Munro herself and her subtle, intelligent and true work" -- Naomi Alderman Financial Times "Told with magnificent understatement" -- Christina Appleyard Daily Mail "Deceptively artless...Munro has no need for tricks; there is nothing strange. Just everyday life, in all its plain, abundant richness and sorrow" -- Claire Allfree Metro "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

            ISBN: 9780099578635
            ISBN-10: 0099578638
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 336
            Published: 1st August 2013
            Publisher: Vintage
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 2.4
            Weight (kg): 0.24