Novelist and short-story writer Alice Munro's many readers are certain to find this an intriguing memoir. It is the first book by Munro's daughter, Sheila, now a mother of two children and an aspiring writer living in British Columbia. The book seems in many ways a typical family story, replete with abundant photographs from the family album, images from the 50s through the 90s that would look perfectly comfortable spread out on the coffee table of almost any middle-class North American home. What makes the book extraordinary are the extraordinary accomplishments of the mother under consideration--Alice, a woman who somehow managed to integrate domesticity with a writer's life and who did it, by Sheila's account, with considerable grace and intelligence. Mommie Dearest
this is not. Alice Munro's readers will be especially interested in Sheila's descriptions of family events that worked their way into her mother's stories. Trygve ThoresonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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“Sheila Munro establishes herself as…a writer of sophistication and skill. Writing about a literary figure as revered as Alice Munro requires not only integrity but considerable verbal dexterity. Sheila Munro has both.”
“A perfect mix of biography and personal memoir.”
“A restrained and respected entry in the child-of-a-famous-writing-parent genre.…What comes through strongly in Sheila Munro’s account…is Alice’s youthful tenacity and ambition.”
–Catherine Bush, Globe and Mail
“The book is chock-full of lesser bombs, threatening to erupt but gently blanketed in love, understanding and affection.”
–Carla Lucchetta, Vancouver Sun
“While students of Alice Munro will relish the biographical revelations, the other side of the equation – the daughter’s struggle for autonomy – has its own claim to uniqueness…To her credit and her reader’s profit, she is clear-sighted about her predicament.”
–Joan Givner, Toronto Star
From the Hardcover edition.
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