Dear Life, by Alice Munro
Reviewer: Anne Glenn; age 28; married; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Anne’s assessment: The stories in this collection are not just tales about characters; they are also powerful portraits of humanity as a whole. Some of the stories resonated so deeply with me that I felt as if I had experienced the events in them myself. And although the point of view, subject matter, setting, and plot differ in each story, the theme of love (filial love, true love, love discovered, love buried deep within) is threaded through them all. Remarkably, despite their brevity, the stories convey emotions and relay situations better than any novel I’ve ever read.
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