By Brenda Pfaus
Alice Munro, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, is surely between Canada's maximum residing writers. during this targeted, exciting assortment, Brenda Pfaus provides clean insights into a few of Munro's such a lot enduring works: Lives of women and ladies (1971), Who Do you're thinking that you're? (1978), Dance of the chuffed colours (1968), Something I've Been intending to let you know (1974), and The Moons of Jupiter (1982).
This number of essays reaches from the early years of Munro's profession via her major as a author, whilst she penned her such a lot influential works.
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