Countdown: My 3rd Favorite Read This Year Is…

We’re counting down the days left until we run out of time for our Kickstarter project, and we desperately need your support to launch. I’m also counting down my ten favorite reads this year. My third favorite read is the only short story collection on my life. Read on to find out that my third favorite read this year was…

Dear Life, Alice Munro

What a triumph that Alice Munro should win the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. The timing couldn’t have been better, considering she published what might be her very best story collection yet a year ago. After a few decades and a few dozen books, Alice Munro’s mastery of the short story is unmatched; her writing has a clear, fluid beauty to it, as though you were holding water in your hands. The stories in Dear Life have that crystalline quality, as well as her usual warm understanding of humanity, but they are also among her most tightly plotted stories, with startling twists and taut suspense at every turn.

In this collection, Munro is making some of the more bold choices of her storywriting career, pushing characters to the brink. I somehow found these stories to hold more deadly emotional violence, more devastating choices, than ever before. Her writing is stunning on every page, her cold weary understanding of the choices we make to grow up, the quiet sacrifices we make, at its very height. There’s warmth here, too — a calm glowing portrayal of the inner life all people have.

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One comment

  1. Renee Benson says:

    Alice Munro is currently my favorite writer, so, I have been on many sites, other blogs and whatnot, to read all the reviews I can get my greedy little eyeholes on. I have found that most everyone has a difficult time describing her style and, really, it is because like you said, we are attempting to hold water in our hands. Kudos, to that brilliant way of describing the genius that is Munro. If you are interested in my own attempt at reviewing this book check it out: http://dreneeb.wordpress.com/2013/11/06/dear-life-a-book-review/

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