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The questions, discussion topics, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your group's reading of Alice Munro's Open Secrets. Alice Munro is an acknowledged master of the short story, and her newest collection has garnered the very highest praise. Most of the eight stories in Open Secrets take place in Munro's native Canada and particularly in the small Ontario town of Carstairs. Munro's exploration of her characters' varied lives reveals entire worlds of passion, joy, despair--even exoticism and adventure--beneath exteriors that are often deceptively mundane.

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sassy_spice1975, August 9, 2012 (view all comments by sassy_spice1975)
I'm a known Alice Munro fan and have read just about everything she's ever written. Somehow, despite having owned this book for years, I've only just read it. I'm so sorry I waited! Munro still manages to bend time to her whim, but these stories are much more condensed than her later work. My favorite story, Vandals, uses flashbacks but is set firmly in the present, with most of the story set during one afternoon. Another story is told entirely in letters, a somewhat tired trope in someone else's hands, but Munro's letters are from a handful of characters, not just a couple, and include letters that are written in secret and not received by the intended recipient. If you're a new fan of Munro's, I heartily recommend this book and The Beggar Maid for an introduction her her earlier work.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679755623
Author:
Munro, Alice
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Femmes
Subject:
Women -- Canada -- Social life and customs. .
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Series Volume:
51
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.37x4.87x.64 in. .49 lbs.

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"Review" by , "An Alice Munro story zooms effortlessly through time zones, spans generations and offers up more detail and description than do many full-length contemporary novels."
"Review" by , "She is the best fiction writer in North America."
"Review" by , "Open Secrets is a book that dazzles with its faith in language and in life."
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