April Dinner & Discussion: Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro

  • April 17, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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For April we will be reading a collection of short stories, "Dear Life" by Alice Munro.

Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking. A poet, finding herself in alien territory at her first literary party, is rescued by a seasoned newspaper columnist, and is soon hurtling across the continent, young child in tow, toward a hoped-for but completely unplanned meeting. A young soldier, returning to his fiancée from the Second World War, steps off the train before his stop and onto the farm of another woman, beginning a life on the move. A wealthy young woman having an affair with the married lawyer hired by her father to handle his estate comes up with a surprising way to deal with the blackmailer who finds them out.
While most of these stories take place in Munro’s home territory—the small Canadian towns around Lake Huron—the characters sometimes venture to the cities, and the book ends with four pieces set in the area where she grew up, and in the time of her own childhood: stories “autobiographical in feeling, though not, sometimes, entirely so in fact.” A girl who can’t sleep imagines night after wakeful night that she kills her beloved younger sister. A mother snatches up her child and runs for dear life when a crazy woman comes into her yard.
Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Welcoming, fun group. Good discussion!

    April 18, 2013

  • Faith R.

    Fun discussion and nice people

    April 17, 2013

  • Alisa G.

    Let people know I can pick up at the King Street Metro at 6:45 if anyone is looking for a ride. It is a bit of a walk, or you may ride the trolley. It is free but only runs every 15 minutes or so, maybe less during the spring.

    April 11, 2013

    • Alisa G.

      Turns out my husband has a meeting until 5:30. I will likely not be to the Metro until closer to 7:00, maybe after depending on traffic. Is that still ok for picking you up?

      April 15, 2013

    • Jessica

      Don't worry about it. I will figure out the trolley.

      April 16, 2013

  • Michele P.

    There is a free trolley that runs down King St. that will take anyone there from the metro if need be. It runs about every 10-15 min or it is a long walk, but doable.

    April 15, 2013

  • Jessica

    Since we are over eight people this month, The Columbia Firehouse says they will have to give us a set menu. I think most of us are fine with that; there isn't a bad selection on the menu. But please update your rsvp if your plans have changed; since this trek to Alexandria is new for most of us. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd live to join the group but Alexandria is a bit far for me. Maybe next time!

    April 13, 2013

  • Maxine S.

    so bummed that i have to miss this time. i'll have a friend visiting, and we made plans for that night. i'll probably still read the book in hopes that i can talk about it a little bit in may! :)

    March 21, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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