Carried Away: A Selection of Stories by Alice Munro
Reviewed by Mona Simpson
The Atlantic Monthly
"This past June, for the launch of a PEN Canada anthology of essays by fifty authors, Alice Munro wrote that she could quit writing 'in the interests of a manageable life.' When she read those words aloud at the corresponding benefit, however, she appended, 'When I wrote that, I believed it' ? meaning, of course, that she wasn't quitting at all, that she couldn't stay away. But the gentle joke seems to have passed over the press corps's head, because throughout Canada, where Munro is a deity on the order of Japan's Living National Treasures, newspapers announced that the seventy-five-year-old was putting down her pen...." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.