There is the same penetrating psychological insight; the events played out in a minor key; the small town settings. Her father, Robert Eric Laidlaw, was a fox and mink farmer,  and later turned to turkey farming.
It is a mark of her style for characters to experience a revelation that sheds light on, and gives meaning to, an event.
There is a lingering sense of regret throughout this true and heartbreaking collection, and a resigned acceptance of that.
In most Munro stories there is as much as in many novels. It is well-deserved, and hard-earned and comes not long after she announced her retirement from fiction.
Why do I like to write short stories? Of that region she loves, Munro has said: And then when I got a little more time, I started writing these odder stories, which branch out a lot. Her strong regional focus is one of the features of her fiction.
Intheir daughter Andrea was born. There was no way I could get that kind of time. Munro finds the extraordinary within the ordinary, and reveals life to be a layering of secrets and lies, a meshing together of disparate elements.
I look at what I really want to do with the material, and it never turns out to be a novel. A Munro sentence, beguiling in its lucidity, compelling in its precision, seductive in its simplicity, offers constant enchantment.
They possess, at centre, a sense of disquiet, an amused despairing wonder at the knowledge of the way life is tainted by its brevity and unexpected twists.
Awano writes that "Wood" is a good example of how Munro, being "a tireless self-editor",  rewrites and revises a story, in this case returning to it for a second publication nearly thirty years later.
Her characters often leave the confines of the country for an intellectual and creative existence in the city, find that they have become ensnared within an undesired domesticity, which forces them into pale versions of themselves, and then, in later life once more feel the urge to break free.
Some have asked whether Munro actually writes short stories or novels.
Her skill at describing the constituency of the environment is equal to her ability to get below the surface of the lives of her characters.
Alex Keegan, writing in Eclectica, gave a simple answer: Since the s, Munro has published a short-story collection at least once every four years, most recently in, and She shows us that we can never truly know anyone.
Critical perspective One Alice Munro short story has the power of many novels.
For that we need to look to her style. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage shows the effect of memories arriving as jolts to the present. We are, like the narrator and her brother, in the dark. Munro plays with our own lack of knowledge; we feel complicit in the need to share a secret we know nothing of.
A swish of tender hilarity getting the better of all her sores and hollows, for the time given. Perhaps I got used to thinking of my material in terms of things that worked that way.
She tells us what it is to be a human being. As a consequence this scene becomes far more poignant. Some of this was before the days of automatic washing machines, if you can actually believe it.
There is no protection, unless it is in knowing. The whiskey, maybe the dancing. Inshe left the university, where she had been majoring in English sinceto marry fellow student James Munro. In Munro held the position of writer in residence at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland.
It is in this treatment of the essential imperfection of life and its failure to conform to the quick of our fantasies, that Munro achieves greatness. In recent work such as Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage and Runaway she has shifted her focus to the travails of middle age, of women alone, and of the elderly.
She teases the surface, until all that is hidden, all those tucked away pivots of a life, are revealed.Alice Munro Biography: Born Alice Laidlaw inAlice loved reading from an early age.
Her father had published a novel, and Alice began writing at age 11, pursuing that passion from that point on. Alice Ann Munro (/ ˈ æ l ɪ s ˌ æ n m ʌ n ˈ r oʊ /, née Laidlaw / ˈ l eɪ d l ɔː /; born 10 July ) is a Canadian short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in Munro's work has been described as having revolutionized the architecture of short stories, especially in its tendency to move forward and backward in time.
-- Alice Munro Alice Ann Munro (ne Laidlaw ; born 10 July ) is a Canadian short-story writer, winner of the Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction, and a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize.
Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Munro, eighty-two, is the first Canadian writer and only the.
Video: Alice Munro: Biography, Quotes & Nobel Prize This lesson offers a biographical overview of short story writer and Nobel Prize winning author Alice Munro, as well as some of Munro's important quotations.
NEW YORK (AP) — Less than a year after Philip Roth announced he had stopped writing books, another literary great may be retiring: Alice Munro. The year-old Canadian author, widely regarded.Download