So amazing to read that short story writer Alice Munro wins 2013 nobel prize in literature. I was once told that publishers don’t really like publishing short stories. Will this prize make a difference to that? I really hope it does.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading an Alice Munro book I can definitely recommend:
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage – it was the title that first attracted me to the book around six years ago It focuses on women and their relationship. A number of the characters are unhappy in their current situation and some are cheating on their husbands.There is tension built into just about every story and it has a focus on illness too but written in a way that doesn’t turn the character into a victim. In one story you await heartache at the hands of two cruel teenage girls but it actually twists into something quite wonderful.
Alice Munro is great at taking you one way and then leading you into a completely different direction. I always admired her books for doing that. The unexpected should always be expected.
The Love of a Good Woman – This was the first Alice Munro book that I read and I borrowed it from the library several years ago. This book to is about the heartache, happiness and unexpected paths that life can take as two people look back over their life. If you ever read Raymond Carver (I love him but sometimes find his stories hard going) then you will love Alice Munro.
About Alice Munro
Born Alice Laidlaw on July 10th 1931 in Ontario, Canada she is the oldest of three children who loved to escape into books. Her first story “The Dimensions of a Shadow” was published while she was still a student studying journalism at the University of Western Ontario. She married and divorced Jim Munro before marrying an old friend from university, Gerry Fremlin. They met up one day and over martinis (three of them) they decided to get married. She won the Man Booker international prize in 2009 and is the first Canadian citizen to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Congratulations to you, Alice Munro, at the age of 82 you have been recognised for your work in literature and your contribution to the telling of short stories. Wonderful 🙂