December 2012 Indie Next List
“'Nothing changes really about love.' This is the last line of the second story in this collection and it sums up a lot of what makes Alice Munro's writing a gift to the world. Achingly real people in ordinary situations are illuminated by her words as an elusive shock of recognition grabs the reader. The four selections at the end are marvelous autobiographical sketches, with the last concealing the line from which the title is taken: 'Just after my mother had grabbed me up, as she said, for dear life.'”
— Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT
About the Author
Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published eleven collections of stories and two volumes of selected stories, as well as a novel. During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three of Canada s Governor General s Literary Awards and two of its Giller Prizes, the Rea Award for the Short Story, the Lannan Literary Award, England s W. H. Smith Book Award, the United States National Book Critics Circle Award, the Edward MacDowell Medal in literature, and the Man Booker International Prize. Her stories have appeared in the "New Yorker", "Atlantic Monthly", "Paris Review", and other publications, and her collections have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron.