**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** The brilliant new collection of stories by the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize
**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature** Alice Munro was born in 1931 and is the author of twelve collections of stories, most recently Too Much Happiness, and a novel, Lives of Girls and Women. She has received many awards and prizes, including three of Canada's Governor General's Literary Awards and two Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, the WHSmith Book Award in the UK, the National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for The Beggar Maid, and has been awarded the Man Booker International Prize 2009 for her overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives with her husband in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron in Canada.
This audio production presents 14 new stories from Munro, whom Booklist called "the best short-story writer in English today." Despite the author's often-brilliant source material, Farr and Morey's performances are uninspired. There is a quiet desperation to Munro's characters, a sense that the "dear life" of the title does not refer to life's beauty, but to its harried restlessness-as in, "holding on for dear life." In conveying this desperation, both narrators lack subtlety, though Morey does a standout job with the laconic protagonist of "Train," a man who repeatedly hides from conflict and self-exposure. Because the stories and characters are so different from one another-sharing only their Canadian settings-this audio edition might have benefited from additional narrators. As presented here, the stories and characters bleed into one another, the narrators' voices barely changing from one piece to the next. A Knopf hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Every new collection from the incomparable Munro, winner of the Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, is cause for celebration. This new volume offers all the more reason to celebrate as it ends with four stories the author claims are the most autobiographical she has written. As she has moved through the decades, so have her characters, whose stories are mostly set in small-town Ontario in an earlier time or who are looking back from the present with some earned perspective. Two standouts among the riches: in "Train," a postwar drifter lands on the doorstep of an older woman who takes him in and allows him to live companionably with her for the next couple of decades. When she is suddenly taken ill, a revelation about her past brings up haunting memories of his own, causing him to abruptly abandon her. In "Dolly," the comfortable happiness of an older couple is shaken by the reappearance of a woman with whom the husband had a brief but intense wartime affair. In every story, there is a slow revelation that changes everything we thought we understood about the characters. VERDICT Read this collection and cherish it for dear life.-Barbara Love, Kingston Frontenac P.L., ON (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Alice Munro.can create a whole world in a short story - these stories are only 20 or 30 pages long, but they live in the mind like novels. These are stories about the stories we tell ourselves, and they are first rate" Evening Standard "A quiet revelation... Dear Life is full of remarkable moments in ordinary lives and is imbued with an aching sadness" -- Laurie Sansom Herald "In this superb collection of short stories, the acclaimed Canadian writer shows repeatedly how apparently ordinary lives can be infused with dramatic intensity" Mail on Sunday "A collection of truly beautiful short stories, perfectly crafted in a way that leaves no wanting feeling. Profound, poignant and undeniably powerful, this truly is the short story at its finest" The Bookbag "A writer who has refined her remarkable talents over a long lifetime, a writer whose mastery of the craft has reached a level that her nickname, "Canada's Chekhov" feels emptied of all hyperbole. Beautifully written and ambitious in terms of form" -- Billy O'Callaghan Irish Examiner