Mona Simpson's Bookshelf
By Alice Munro
Whole lives are chronicled in the tales of Alice Munro—dramas worthy of Shakespeare's princes and Tolstoy's debutantes somehow fit into 30 pages. Munro understands love, she understands class and old age. Her stories in this new collection are wildly exhilarating while credibly modern. She has captured the range and depth of female experience in ways that no one, in any language, has ever done before.
Munro's tenth and newest collection gives readers a feeling of generous expansion, as if they had entered the stories themselves and collaborated in determining the characters' destiny.