Dear Life - Alice Munro
2012, 319 pp
A collection of fourteen short stories by Alice Munro, the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. The majority of her stories are set in small Canadian towns in Munro’s home territory of South Ontario, a Protestant region. She focuses on one moment in a person’s life that is altered for ever by a chance encounter, an action not taken or a simple twist of fate. The last four stories are, in Munro’s words, 'autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact '. These timeless stories are breathtaking and make you go back time and time again to discover their magic. With her sparse, realistic style and her stunningly precise choice of words she is able to give you the essence of a life in just a few pages.