As always, Munro's prose is both simple and moving, as when the letter-writing protagonist of "Before the Change" sends her love to an ex-fiancé:
What if people really did that--sent their love through the mail to get rid of it? What would it be that they sent? A box of chocolates with centers like the yolks of turkey's eggs. A mud doll with hollow eye sockets. A heap of roses slightly more fragrant than rotten. A package wrapped in bloody newspaper that nobody would want to open.The fictions in this volume burn with a kind of dry-eyed anti-romanticism--even the ones whose plots verge on domestic melodrama (a baby's near-death in "My Mother's Dream"; an adulterous wife in "The Children Stay"). Densely populated, elliptical in construction, each story circles around its principal events and relationships like planets around a sun. The result is layered and complex, its patterns not always apparent on first reading: in other words, something like life. --Mary Park --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Very well-written stories with rich detail about ordinary people often in extraordinary situations. Personal relationships dominate but local color lends realism. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan Coveleskie
What an amazing short-story writer! She deserves every prize she has ever been given. It doesn't matter which stories or which collection you read, every one is a gem. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bflovector
Who can write a better short story than Alice Munro -- MAYBE Chekhov? These are stories about real people living ordinary lives that are not unusual but unusually interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sue. Stock
While the writing was very good, I just could not relate to most of the characters and situations.Published 5 months ago by Quaboag70
A very interesting approach to presenting the lives of these women. The endings of each story kept me guessing.Published 5 months ago by Sharon Peiniger Feyder