“Messenger” Alice Munro


When I began rereading The View from Castle Rock, I stumbled. It had not been a favourite and my return was not an easy one. I wondered if this had something to do with my personal response to the idea of expecting words to hold losses. I had lost a

“Messenger” Alice Munro2017-07-25T11:23:54-05:00

“What Do You Want to Know For?” Alice Munro


And, "Who Do You Think You Are?" McClelland & Stewart, 2006 As readers approach the final tale in this collection, it seems appropriate to have it titled with a question. Whatever might be resolved in the effort of creating a narrative in which to secure one's ancestors, one could

“What Do You Want to Know For?” Alice Munro2017-07-25T11:22:27-05:00

“Home” Alice Munro


McClelland & Stewart, 2006 Alice's father has remarried, and Irlma has made many changes in the house. "Irlma is a stout and rosy woman, with tinted butterscotch curls, brown eyes in which there is still a sparkle, a look of emotional readiness, of being always on the brink

“Home” Alice Munro2017-07-25T11:24:12-05:00

“The Ticket” Alice Munro


The title of this story suggests a journey, travel and a destination. But the story itself focuses on the precursors to such events: the preparations and anticipation. McClelland & Stewart, 2006 Nonetheless, "The Ticket" is preoccupied with the concept of movement, shifting position, moving from one zone to another

“The Ticket” Alice Munro2017-07-25T11:21:07-05:00

“Hired Girl” Alice Munro


In Alice Munro's first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, readers meet Alva in "Sunday Afternoon". Alva is the hired girl for the Gannetts, who expect that she will dutifully perform in their home and, then, travel with them later in the summer to their parents' island in Georgian Bay.

“Hired Girl” Alice Munro2017-07-25T11:21:38-05:00
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