“Who Do You Think You Are?” Alice Munro


Who does Rose think she is? Either the question has been asked of her, or she has asked it of herself, throughout her life. It's fitting that the final story give voice to that. It's also fitting that the reader feels the question has been half-answered in the final paragraph

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:07:14-05:00

“Spelling” Alice Munro


Readers of Who Do You Think You Are? first met Rose's step-mother in "Royal Beating". In that first story, Flo was an agent of power (although at least part of her power is wielded through her husband), a force to be reckoned with for young Rose. In "Spelling", Rose has

“Spelling” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:07:27-05:00

“Simon’s Luck” Alice Munro


It's no coincidence that a story titled for 'luck' follows one titled for 'providence' in this collection of stories by Alice Munro. Indeed, folks in Hanratty could well have a saying, that one man's luck is another man's providence. Or vice versa. And Rose is never far from Hanratty, from

“Simon’s Luck” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:07:59-05:00

“Providence” Alice Munro


In "Providence", Rose and her husband separate, and at first -- with her new job and apartment and her casual lover -- Rose is all about the possibilities and promise. (Note: There are events in this story which reveal the outcomes of earlier stories; if you plan to discover the

“Providence” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:08:10-05:00

“Mischief” Alice Munro


Like "The Beggar Maid", this is one of the longer stories in Who Do You Think You Are? by Alice Munro. With these two long stories, the thematic strength of the collection takes root. Rose continues to struggle with the shame and complications that she perceives as arising from class

“Mischief” Alice Munro2014-03-20T20:08:22-05:00
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