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Dear Life

by Alice Munro

Penguin Group Canada | October 8, 2013 | Trade Paperback

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The fourteen stories in this brilliant collection show Alice Munro coming home to southwestern Ontario, with Toronto looming on the horizon. Even "To Reach Japan," where a Vancouver mother takes her young daughter across the country by train, ends in Toronto. On that journey, different kinds of passion produce surprises, both on the journey and at its end.

The range of storytellers is astonishing, as we hear the young voices of women recalling their teenage years and the equally convincing voice of an old woman fighting Alzheimer's. Margaret Atwood once shrewdly noted that "pushing the sexual boundaries is distinctly thrilling for many a Munro woman," and very few of these stories deal with men and women in sedate, conventional domestic settings.

Munro admirers will see that these stories are shorter than many in her recent col­lections, but they have all the sharpness, accessibility, and power of her earlier work, and they are-as always-full of "real" people. The final four works ("not quite stories") bring the author home, literally. She writes: "I believe they are the first and last-and the closest-things I have to say about my own life."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 3.25 × 2.07 × 0.39 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143180665

ISBN - 13: 9780143180661

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Dear Life

by Alice Munro

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 3.25 × 2.07 × 0.39 in

Published: October 8, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Group Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0143180665

ISBN - 13: 9780143180661

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The fourteen stories in this brilliant collection show Alice Munro coming home to southwestern Ontario, with Toronto looming on the horizon. Even "To Reach Japan," where a Vancouver mother takes her young daughter across the country by train, ends in Toronto. On that journey, different kinds of passion produce surprises, both on the journey and at its end.

The range of storytellers is astonishing, as we hear the young voices of women recalling their teenage years and the equally convincing voice of an old woman fighting Alzheimer's. Margaret Atwood once shrewdly noted that "pushing the sexual boundaries is distinctly thrilling for many a Munro woman," and very few of these stories deal with men and women in sedate, conventional domestic settings.

Munro admirers will see that these stories are shorter than many in her recent col­lections, but they have all the sharpness, accessibility, and power of her earlier work, and they are-as always-full of "real" people. The final four works ("not quite stories") bring the author home, literally. She writes: "I believe they are the first and last-and the closest-things I have to say about my own life."

About the Author

Alice Munro was born Alice Laidlaw in Wingham, Ontario on July 10, 1931. She published her first story, The Dimensions of a Shadow, while a student at the University of Western Ontario in 1950. She left the university in 1951 to get married and start a family. In 1972 she became Writer in Residence at the University of Western Ontario. Her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), won a Governor General's Award, which is Canada's highest literary prize. Her other works include Lives of Girls and Women, The Beggar Maid, The View from Castle Rock, and Too Much Happiness. She has received several awards including the Governor General's Award for Who Do You Think You Are? and the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 for her lifetime body of work. In 1980 she held the position of Writer in Residence at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Atlantic Monthly.
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