Pruning: Rereading Larry’s Party by Carol Shields


“This is the way it’s done, isn’t it? This is how other people do it.” How other people live their lives, that is. When Carol Shields tells the story of Larry Weller’s life, it begins with his having picked up somebody else’s coat and it ends with a party.

Pruning: Rereading Larry’s Party by Carol Shields2020-11-17T13:18:52-05:00

“My Mother’s Dream” Alice Munro


Perhaps, like many of us, Alice Munro has read and fully inhabited a story filled with wonders only to be cheated with the last-line revelation that the guts of that story were nothing but a dream. In contrast, "My Mother's Dream" subverts that expectation and begins with the dream, before

“My Mother’s Dream” Alice Munro2014-07-11T16:57:14-05:00

“Before the Change” Alice Munro


The story begins with conflict, the televised debate between Kennedy and Nixon. But "Before the Change" considers other conflicts, closer to home, closer to the heart. "What is that expression? It’s as if he’s got a list of offenses both remembered and anticipated and he’s letting it be known how

“Before the Change” Alice Munro2014-07-11T16:57:23-05:00

“Rich as Stink” Alice Munro


In "Save the Reaper" and "The Children Stay" readers are directed to wonder what young children remember of their parents' shenanigans, but in this story readers inhabit Karin's perspective. Karin is certainly old enough to actively observe and contemplate the events unfolding around her (although from a girl's perspective, so

“Rich as Stink” Alice Munro2014-07-11T16:57:30-05:00

“The Children Stay” Alice Munro


As with the earlier stories in this collection, readers are cast back in time: by thirty years in "The Children Stay". Readers find themselves on the east coast of the Island, Vancouver Island, but the exact location of the cottage is reminiscent of the way in which the Maitland River

“The Children Stay” Alice Munro2017-07-24T14:28:00-05:00
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