Most of the women in the stories come from small towns in Ontario. I was pleased to see that several of them are very literate. The stories are about the accidents that shape our lives, in fact in two of the stories this is literally true as car accidents play a big part in some of the plots. Some of the characters do seem a bit lost and some of them or their daughters ended up married to doctors. Munro packs a lot of life into thirty pages and make the years fly by for us.
I got a good feeling for what life must be like in the Canadian winter from these stories. Many people who have only lived in tropical climates like the Philippines find it hard to relate to the closed in feeling such harsh winters can impart to lives. Living in a climate dominated by rain cycles seems to me to shape the psyche in ways very different from one dominated by long periods of potentially killing cold.
Munro has published ten collections of short stories. I will next read her The View from Castle Rock, probably in 2012.
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