Dear Life

Dear Life

Book - 2013
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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."

Publisher: Toronto :, Penguin,, 2013
ISBN: 9780143180661
Branch Call Number: FIC MUN
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 21 cm


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Sep 26, 2017

"Dear Life" by Alice Munro is a wonderful collection of short stories. While my favourite is 'Corrie', there wasn't a single story that I disliked. I found myself only able to read one story a day because I wanted a bit of time to think about the story I just finished. Just great.

Oct 04, 2016

I read all the short stories in this book but it was not my favourite collection of Alice Munro's work. It didn't hold my interest as much as some of her previous collections.
It also needed better editing!

Aug 15, 2016


Nov 09, 2015

If you like reading short stories on life with depth, it is a great choice. This book was written by a Nobel Laureate in Literature on short stories. Having said that if you are looking for movie-like entertaining short stories, this book is not. This is a book of short stories on human written by a Nobel Laureate.

Sep 17, 2014

A real master of short stories. Great style but simple, unique at the same time. The stories read like unsolved mysteries of life and its players - humans.

Aug 21, 2014

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

Aug 16, 2014

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.

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?

mxt144 Feb 05, 2014

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

mytwin Jan 20, 2014

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

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coroboreefarm Apr 01, 2014

“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

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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