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Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Leaving Waverley"" by Alice Munro (2012, in The O.Henry/Pen Best Short Stories 2013)

The next time someone says they don't like short stories because they are not "substantial" enough for them ask how many stories by Flannery O'Connor, Alice Munro, James Joyce, Guy De Maupassant, Elizabeth Bowen, Katherine Mansfield, Franz Kafka or Raymond Carver they have read.  

The awarding of the Nobel Prize to Alice Munro is being received with great joy in the short story world.  In the Guardian yesterday they had brief articles by famous writers talking about her works.  Most mentioned how she so masterfully handles the flow of time in the lives of her characters.  For sure I saw this "Leaving Waverly"

Like most her stories I have so far read "Leaving Waverley" is set in rural Ontario.  It encompasses many years and a woman who makes a life changing trip is at its heart.  It is a marvelous very moving story.  Two times as I was reading this work I gasped in delight and surprise by the turn of events in the lives of the characters.  Her stories kind of sink into your consciousness. 

Please share your favorite Munro stories with us?

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