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Open Secrets by Alice Munro
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Feb 06, 2008

it was amazing
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Recommended for: Aficionados of great writing
Read in February, 2008

Clarity and elegance: those are the words I would choose to characterize Alice Munro's writing. These stories limn the provincial Ontario town of Carstairs, from its inception in the 1850's through the present day; the town is brought to life through the travails of its residents, even those who have moved to more exotic locales, every bit as palpably as Spoon River or Grover's Corner.
Were I a Canuck, I would regard Alice Munro as a National Treasure; from the outside, I would say that the Award for World's Greatest Canadian is currently a flat-footed, three-way tie between Munro, Steve Nash, and Leonard Cohen (honorable mention to Gillian Anderson, Michael Ondaatje, and anyone who had anything to do with SLINGS AND ARROWS).
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