A friend on Goodreads.com recently sent a comment concerning DEAR LIFE, the 2012 Nobel Prize winner by Alice Monro. It's a collection of fourteen short stories that are considered atypical of Monro's writing and quite unforgettable.
Most feature ordinary people from all across the social spectrum trying to get through life. The drama is understated, and the subtleties are beautiful, definitely worthy of the Nobel Prize.
If you are a short story fan, you'll find this collection illuminating and complex. DEAR LIFE will stick with you long after you've read the final page.
BARBARA A. said:
"There is a certain, and intentional, one-dimensional aspect to these stories which belies the organic nature within. Seemingly devoid of grand passion, written in a straightforward, no-nonsense style, each story turns on a quiet moment that reveals the dream denied; the hope unfulfilled; the resignation with which to carry on. Not ebullient, these characters, not fast nor flashy nor famous, they still chose life--dear life--for at the end of the day, what else but to do so?"
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