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Dear Life: Stories (Vintage International)
by Alice Munro

Published: 2013-07-30
Paperback : 336 pages
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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013

A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction
A Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, AV Club

In story after story in this brilliant new collection, Alice Munro pinpoints the moment a ...
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Introduction

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013

A New York Times Notable Book
A Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction
A Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, AV Club

In story after story in this brilliant new collection, Alice Munro pinpoints the moment a person is forever altered by a chance encounter, an action not taken, or a simple twist of fate. Her characters are flawed and fully human: a soldier returning from war and avoiding his fiancée, a wealthy woman deciding whether to confront a blackmailer, an adulterous mother and her neglected children, a guilt-ridden father, a young teacher jilted by her employer. Illumined by Munro’s unflinching insight, these lives draw us in with their quiet depth and surprise us with unexpected turns. And while most are set in her signature territory around Lake Huron, some strike even closer to home: an astonishing suite of four autobiographical tales offers an unprecedented glimpse into Munro’s own childhood. Exalted by her clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, Dear Life shows how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Editorial Review

Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2012: You half expect a new collection of stories by the beloved Alice Munro to arrive already devoured: pages dog-eared (â??I feel exactly the same way! How did she know?â??), spine cracked, cover bent from the dozens of times each story deserves to be read. The best thing to say about Alice Munro is said so often, it doesnâ??t mean much anymore. But here it is for the record: She is a master of her craft. In Dear Life, her 13th collection, Munro again breathes life--real, blemished, nuanced life--into her characters and settings (usually her hometown in Huron County, Ontario). Her empathy is the greatest weapon in her arsenal, and it is on full display here. But the most satisfying part of the new collection is the last four stories, bundled together in what the author calls â??Finale,â?? the closest sheâ??ll ever come to writing about her own dear life. --Alexandra Foster

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by jmmowrey (see profile) 02/23/15

 
by Paulabartlett (see profile) 01/21/15

 
  "Dear Life"by pwjenks (see profile) 10/29/14

Clean, precise prose style - Munro does not waste a word. Some members found her ambiguous endings frustrating; others liked them.

 
by Mitch33 (see profile) 06/26/14

 
  "An easy read"by slachner (see profile) 03/20/14

 
  "Dear Life"by andread1953 (see profile) 03/11/14

Stories were depressing.

 
  "Dear Life Disappointment"by peggyjackson3 (see profile) 02/18/14

I was looking forward to reading Dear Life, as I'd been curious about Alice Munro for years. I was very disappointed. I tried reading several stories and they totally lost my interest before I could... (read more)

 
  "Dear Life"by JKDWoods (see profile) 02/17/14

I suspect that it takes a reader of a certain age and/or maturity to totally appreciate the works of Alice Munro. Her stories are slow paced, thoughtful comments on life and are not to be rushed through.... (read more)

 
  "Unenjoyable read"by MMSHAW (see profile) 01/21/14

I pre-read this book as a possible book club choice. I could hardly get through it. It was so boring, confusing, gloomy, slow and just plain uninteresting. I am almost always baffled by Pulitzer Prize... (read more)

 
  "Absolutely Pointless"by ta2kitty (see profile) 01/20/14

I read this book for our monthly book club. I do not normally enjoy short stories but tried to keep an open mind. There have been many times when I have loved a book club selection that I no... (read more)

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