Arguably the greatest short story writer of the modern era, Alica Munro, has won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature at a ceremony in Stockholm.
A perennial contender for the Nobel, Munro’s tales of small town Canadian life explore the big themes of life, love and death.
She began writing in the late 1960s, and in June – following last year’s publication of a collection including four biographical shorts, Dear Life – she announced her intention to retire.
by Alica Munro
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.
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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