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Friend of My Youth: Stories (1990)

by Alice Munro

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A woman haunted by dreams of her dead mother. An adulterous couple stepping over the line where the initial excitement ends and the pain begins. A widow visiting a Scottish village in search of her husband's past and instead discovering unsettling truths about a total stranger. The ten stories in this collection not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart of all human experience.… (more)

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Ten Alice Munro stories from the eighties, all of them written for either the Atlantic or the New Yorker. That's probably all you need to say to make it clear that this is a book we should all read...

As you would expect, the stories are mostly about people - mainly middle-aged women from the more provincial parts of Canada - whose businesses, houses, lovers, husbands, children (and often also their own bodies) have not performed as they would have hoped. But they also often seem to be stories about the processes through which life turns into story, and where we learn about the narrator or viewpoint character through a story they are telling or trying to uncover. Not to mention guest appearances by the Border ballad "Tam Lin" and a chunk of Walter Savage Landor...

There's also lots of nice rural/small town Canadian atmosphere, much of it apparently from the forties and fifties, and typically we are in a world of small shopkeepers, schoolteachers, farmers and nurses, only rarely moving into the "professional classes". ( )
  thorold | Nov 3, 2016 |
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  Dina_Nabil | Feb 28, 2014 |
Another wonderful collection of short stories by the master. Each story is layered with intricate detail that culminates in a finish that often is life continuing on. Her descriptions of trees, the street in a small town or the face of one of her characters are like looking at a picture.
The stories are mainly about women but we see men too strong and frequently weak. The stories are mainly set along the shore of Lake Huron and usually in rural or small town settings and as I grew up on a farm in rural South West Ontario, they remind me of my youth. ( )
  lamour | Aug 8, 2013 |
I liked this book better than the others I've read. ( )
  briannad84 | May 11, 2013 |
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I used to dream about my mother, and though the details in the dream varied, the surprise in it was always the same.
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A woman haunted by dreams of her dead mother. An adulterous couple stepping over the line where the initial excitement ends and the pain begins. A widow visiting a Scottish village in search of her husband's past and instead discovering unsettling truths about a total stranger. The ten stories in this collection not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart of all human experience.

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