Dear Life

Dear Life

Stories

eBook - 2012
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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE© IN LITERATURE 2013

New York Times Notable Book
Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction
A Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, San Francisco ChronicleVogue, 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.

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.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
ISBN: 9780307961044
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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idek
May 13, 2018

Beautifully written and it makes my heart get filled with warmth

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horthhill
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.

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fpsutka
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!

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maipenrai
Aug 15, 2016

AVAILABLE IN AUDIOBOOK, BUT MAY PREFER LARGE PRINT BECAUSE OF STORIES

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DesLi
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.

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empbee
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.

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uncommonreader
Aug 21, 2014

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

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KarenAuger
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.

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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

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vickiz
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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