For decades, Alice Munro has been publishing collection after collection of beautiful, utterly masterful short stories. Often revolving around the lives of women in rural Canada, her fiction takes a close look at ordinary people dealing with beginnings, endings, confusions, frustrations and betrayals. Now, the 82-year-old writer has been recognised for her lifetime body of work with the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature – the first Canadian winner and just the 13th woman to be awarded the prize in its 112-year history.
Dear Life, her latest collection, is classic Munro. A suite of 14 fluid, empathetic stories about the moments when a life shifts or is shaped, this book is an engaging entry point for anyone wanting to delve into Munro’s oevre, and a beautiful capstone for those already well versed in her previous collections. Like much of her work, many of the stories in Dear Life take place in the rural towns around Lake Huron in Ontario around the time of the second world war. The restless energy of smalltown life saturates the pages, and themes of aging and interrupted love take you deep into each richly-created world. (more…)