Three stories concern the same woman - in the first, she escapes from teaching at a girls' school into a wild love affair; in the second, she returns with her child to the home of her parents, whose marriage she finally begins to examine; and in the last, her vanished child turns up caught in the grip of a religious cult. In these and other stories Alice Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes their lives as real as our own.
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A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.
"Not Munro's best"
In the long title story, we accompany Sophia Kovalevsky - a late-19th-century Russian émigré and mathematician - on a winter journey that takes her from the Riviera, where she visits her lover, to Paris, Germany, and Denmark, where she has a fateful meeting with a local doctor, and finally to Sweden, where she teaches at the only university in Europe willing to employ a female mathematician.
"Alice Munro is a must!!"
A young boy is taken to Edinburgh Castle Rock, where his father assures him that on a clear day he can see America, and he catches a glimpse of his father's dream. In stories that follow, as the dream becomes a reality, two sisters-in-law experience very different kinds of passion on the long voyage to the New World. Other stories take place in more familiar Munro territory, the towns and countryside around Lake Huron, where the past shows through the present like the traces of a glacier on the landscape, and strong emotions stir just beneath the surface of ordinary comings and goings.
Moments of change, chance encounters, twists of fate that create a new way of thinking or being: The stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be. The collection includes four powerful pieces, "autobiographical in Feeling", set during the time of Munro's own childhood, in the area where she grew up.
The New Yorker: A Fiction Trio features short stories by three masters of the form: "Path Light" by Tom Drury: A carelessly tossed bottle nearly misses a man and his dog and begins a quest to find out who threw it; "Coping Stones" by Ann Beattie: A neighbor's secrets unsettle a small Maine town; "The View from Castle Rock" by Alice Munro: A family emigrates from Scotland to Canada in 1818 with visions of their lives in the new world.
"Sur le quai de la gare, un chat noir croise obliquement leur chemin. Elle déteste les chats. Plus encore les chats noirs."
"Behind Closed Doors", by Steve Coll; "Talent Grab", by Malcolm Gladwell; "Hissing of Summer Lawns", by Jonathan Frazen; "Pay Up", by Jake Halpern; "Sweet Charity", by Zadie Smith; and "Corrie", by Alice Munro.
In stories that are more personal than any that she's written before, Alice Munro transforms her family's history into gloriously imagined fiction.
"Fine Writer, Disappointing Recording"
"The Public on the Private" by Margaret Talbot; "Anyone? Anyone?" by Nick Paumgarten; "Lumia" by Gregory Zinman; "Alice's Wonderland" by Rebecca Mead; "Gravel" by Alice Munro; "Show Runners" by Sasha Frere-Jones; "Anything Goes" by David Denby.
"Nice, but the "Abridged" should be in the title"
"Bonds Unbound", by James Surowiecki; "Free Radicals", by Alice Munro; "Call Me Loyd", by David Owen; and "Eerily Composed", by Rebecca Mead.