Dear Life: Stories

Editorial reviews

Dear Life: Stories

The nature of romantic impulse and the disorienting shifts in the direction of desire provides the central focus of Dear Life, Alice Munro’s extraordinary new collection of stories.

Like Ms. Munro’s earlier stories that would influence several generations of writers, these pieces become meditations on how time and memory (along with regret or self-knowledge) shape our apprehension of our own lives.

Munro is who she is, and we are fortunate to have her. No other author can contain so much life, and so many lives, in such few pages.

To read her wonderfully frank and compassionate stories is to feel that we are understood, whatever town we come from, whatever dreams or nightmares may disturb our sleep.

While many reoccurring themes are explored, Dear Life is as fresh and illuminating as any of [Munro's] previous collections, if not more so. As another reviewer so fittingly put it, 'there are no clunkers here.'

Essential reading for anyone who cares about literature, storytelling and language, or who savours the deep enjoyment of a writer at the height of her powers.

Even at a time when a loosening of creative vitality or ambition would be forgivable and expected, Alice Munro retains her unique, amazing power.

"Dear Life" has something of a valedictory quality to it, but the consciousness behind these stories has a vitality that, thankfully, seems in no danger of ending any time soon.

These four short autobiographical pieces are beautifully written and give some insight into Munro's formation as a writer.

Kirkus Reviews : Dear Life (October 15, 2012)

The author knows what matters, and the stories pay attention to it.