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Dear Life

Stories
Munro, Alice, 1931- (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Dear Life
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Random House, Inc.
A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time.

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.
While most of these stories take place in Munro’s home territory—the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron—the characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the book ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories “autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact.” 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.
Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Baker & Taylor
A collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate, and is set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron.

Baker
& Taylor

A new collection of stories by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of The View from Castle Rock illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream or a sexual act to simple twists of fate, and is set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron. 100,000 first printing.

Authors: Munro, Alice, 1931-
Statement of Responsibility: Alice Munro
Title: Dear life
stories
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book."
LCCN: 2012020455
ISBN: 9780307596888
0307596885
Branch Call Number: FIC M
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Aug 21, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Of interest are the last four autobiographical pieces. Not my favorite collection, but still wonderful.

Everyday stories of everyday people and their foibles, we all have one or two of these stories in our lives. She connects with them and makes us examine our own narratives.

May 01, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am not a fan of short stories at the best of times and this book is a quintessential example of why I don't like this genre. Snippets of sad lives, neglect, misunderstanding and few redeeming events to pull the characters or the situations into balance. How hard can life be in Saskatchewan?

Feb 05, 2014
  • mxt144 rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't finish the book. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters, and the themes were too repetitive.

Jan 20, 2014
  • mytwin rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It was great to read ALICE again just after her Nobel win.She is a breath of fresh south western Ontario air!

October 10, 2013: The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro, "master of the contemporary short story"!

Jun 13, 2013
  • writermala rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's been a while since I enjoyed a book of short stories as much as I did this one. To read in such picturesque words about events and times in the not so distant past is indeed a treat and Munro has done justice to the times in a remarkable way. Indeed in this collection of short stories, Munro has packed so much detail that I may never read a novel again!

Jun 13, 2013
  • JCLDorianA rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Stories about the moment in time a life is forever altered by a decision, a chance encounter or by a simple twist of fate.

May 27, 2013
  • CandiCan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is the 1st book I've read by Alice Munro. She is very skilled at writing short stories. The book left me feeling melancholy but I did enjoy.

May 03, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent collection of short stories from a reliably good writer.

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“The thing is to be happy,' he said. 'No matter what. Just try that. You can. It gets to be easier and easier. It's nothing to do with circumstances. You wouldn't believe how good it is. Accept everything and then tragedy disappears. Or tragedy lightens, anyway, you're just there, going along easy in the world.”
― Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories

Dec 29, 2012
  • vickiz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Perhaps that daughter, grown and distant, was the one she was looking for in the baby carriage. Just after my mother had grabbed me up, as she said, for dear life.

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