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The Love of a Good Woman


Alice Munro has a genius for entering the lives of ordinary people and capturing the passions and contradictions that lie just below the surface. In ... Show synopsis

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by Alla5nski on Dec 14, 2010

Brilliant. Alice Munro at her very best. Engaging, sharply-drawn and often funny.


A Woolfian Unknowingness

by rejoyce on Sep 29, 2007

This collection by Alice Munro is remarkable precisely because the stories are enigmatic, mysterious, multilayered, and often resist resolution. At times they even feel improvisatory, yet a false note is never struck. They are also quiet stories, but it's their complex depths that set the author apart from her contemporaries. Nor are they minimalist; some of them are quite long. "Chekhovian" is a word often applied to Munro's fiction, which is certainly true of its knowledge of human foibles and failings. But here, in Flannery O'Connor's phrase, Munro "tends toward mystery." This is a fiction that denies closure, willingly embraces open-endedness, and suggests even a tentative Woolfian unknowingness about the possible future.

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