As long as people keep growing up, getting older, and falling into and out of love, Alice Munro will keep writing about it better than anybody else. Her latest story collection traverses familiar Munrovian terrain: rural and smalltown Canada, characters (mostly women) who are mild outsiders due to their higher education or “scandalous” choices relating to religion or sex. And yet everything feels clarion and fresh. Each story is built on Munro’s characteristic deep wells of feeling and truth. She’s a master at illuminating and challenging all of the relationships and fleeting moments that make up this Dear Life (Knopf, $26.95).
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