Dear Life The characters in Munro's absorbing new collection, Dear Life , still live in the shadow of WWII. Vivien goes to work at a rural hospital… Dear Life The characters in Munro's absorbing new collection, Dear Life , still live in the shadow of WWII. Vivien goes to work at a rural hospital… 2012-11-13 Fiction Short Stories Knopf
Book Review

Dear Life (2012)

CHARACTER STUDY Munro's keen eye for detail allows him to paint perfect portraits of characters living in the shadow of WWII
CHARACTER STUDY Munro's keen eye for detail allows him to paint perfect portraits of characters living in the shadow of WWII
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Nov 13, 2012; Writer: Alice Munro; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: Knopf

The characters in Munro's absorbing new collection, Dear Life, still live in the shadow of WWII. Vivien goes to work at a rural hospital for tubercular kids and nearly marries the resident doctor. Jackson returns from battle and sets out on a peripatetic life as a general handyman. The cleft-lipped narrator of ''Pride'' grows up in wartime and forges a platonic quasi-marriage with the daughter of a disgraced local banker. Most haunting of all are the four autobiographical sketches that end the book, which display Munro's gift of observation and ability to trace big emotional arcs in short brushstrokes. A

Originally posted Oct 31, 2012 Published in issue #1232-1233 Nov 09, 2012 Order article reprints
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