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Alice Munro


(Alice Ann Munro)
Canada (1931 - )

Alice Ann Munro is a Canadian short-story writer and three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction. Widely considered one of the finest living English-language short story writers, her stories focus on human relationships looked at through the lens of daily life. While most of Munro's fiction is set in Southwestern Ontario, her reputation as a short-story writer is international. Her "accessible, moving stories" explore human complexities in a seemingly effortless style. Munro's writing has established her as "one of our greatest contemporary writers of fiction," or, as Cynthia Ozick put it, "our Chekhov."
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (1980) : The Beggar Maid
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2006) : The View from Castle Rock
Nobel Prize in Literature Lifetime Achievement winner (2013)


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Duet for Three (1985)
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"In Duet for Three, Joan Barfoot's charting of family life is unsparing, painful, witty, and surprising. The cumulative effect is remarkably powerful."
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God's Snake (1986)
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Graven Images (1993)
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Amy and Isabelle (1998)
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"A novel of shining integrity and humour."
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The Deep and Other Stories (2003)
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What the Stones Remember (2005)
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"To read this book is to enter a state of enchantment."
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Vanishing and Other Stories (2009)
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Suddenly (2009)
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Saints and Sinners (2011)
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Cadillac Cathedral (2014)
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