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  • Published: 1 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099578635
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

Dear Life


**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**

The brilliant new collection of stories by the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize

**Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature**

Alice Munro captures the essence of life in her brilliant new collection of stories. Moments of change, chance encounters, the twist of fate that leads a person to a new way of thinking or being: the stories in Dear Life build to form a radiant, indelible portrait of just how dangerous and strange ordinary life can be.

  • Published: 1 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099578635
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for Dear Life

Alice Munro…can create a whole world in a short story – these stories are only 20 or 30 pages long, but they live in the mind like novels… These are stories about the stories we tell ourselves, and they are first rate

Evening Standard

A quiet revelation... Dear Life is full of remarkable moments in ordinary lives and is imbued with an aching sadness

Laurie Sansom, Herald

In this superb collection of short stories, the acclaimed Canadian writer shows repeatedly how apparently ordinary lives can be infused with dramatic intensity

Mail on Sunday

A collection of truly beautiful short stories, perfectly crafted in a way that leaves no wanting feeling… Profound, poignant and undeniably powerful, this truly is the short story at its finest

The Bookbag

A writer who has refined her remarkable talents over a long lifetime, a writer whose mastery of the craft has reached a level that her nickname, "Canada's Chekhov" feels emptied of all hyperbole… Beautifully written and ambitious in terms of form

Billy O'Callaghan, Irish Examiner

[Munro] can create a whole world in a short story... These are stories about the stories we tell ourselves, and they are first rate

William Leith, Scotsman

[Munro] really is the short story writer to beat... Munro has always been fascinated by those moments that tilt our world on its axis, as though the world really does turn on a kiss, but her brilliance lies in the psychological way that she convinces us of that fact

Lesley McDowell, Independent on Sunday

In crystalline prose, she illuminates her characters' hopes and longings

Rebecca Rose, Financial Times

[Munro] has been compared to Chekhov and I'm only being slightly tongue in cheek when I say that the honour is entirely his. Dear Life is comprised of 13 rich and startling stories, a must read

Niamh Boyce, Irish Independent

I haven’t even finished all of Dear Life, but Alice Munro’s stories have lived with me for such a long time and with such quiet passion that I’m barely capable of explaining why

Shahidha Bari, Times Higher Education

[Munro’s] talent is formidable but she has never been self-seeking: her short stories have a subtle, covert brilliance

Kate Kellaway, Observer

These stories won’t give you easy moral comfort, but will stretch you. They’re moral in that they name things as they are

Father Ronald Rolheiser, Catholic Herald

Deep and surprising and unsparing

Helen Simpson, Guardian

In this book Munro has laid bare the foundations of her fiction as never before. Lovers of her writing must hope this is not, in fact, her finale. But if it is, it’s spectacular

Ruth Scurr, Daily Telegraph

As rich and astonishing as anything she has ever done before

New York Review of Books

Another dazzling collection of short stories, provincial and universal in equal measure

Sara Wheeler, Observer

A slight sense of withholding gives Munro's prose its gracefulness, and allows intimacy without danger. After many years, many collections and many wonderful stories, readers may feel they know everything about Alice Munro, especially as so many of her characters lead lives similar to her own. In fact, we know very little about her. This is one of the reasons readers become dizzy with love for Munro. This other reason is that she is so damn good

Anne Enright, Guardian

Alice Munro is one of our greatest living writers, and this new collection of stories…is essential reading for anyone who cares about literature, storytelling and language, or who savours the deep enjoyment of a writer at the height of her powers…These stories remind us of the world Munro was born into…And they remind us, therefore, how lucky we are to have Munro herself and her subtle, intelligent and true work

Naomi Alderman, Financial Times

Deceptively artless...Munro has no need for tricks; there is nothing strange. Just everyday life, in all its plain, abundant richness and sorrow

Claire Allfree, Metro

Told with magnificent understatement

Christina Appleyard, Daily Mail

Dear Life is a dazzling portrait of ordinary existence which illustrates how seemingly insignificant meetings and moments can have a monumental impact