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Runaway by Alice Munro
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Jul 16, 2007

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bookshelves: no-thanks, short-fiction
Read in April, 2007

Munro always gets heralded as the "greatest living writer" and all of that mumbo jumbo, but not for my buck. Do I think Munro has some gifts and talents as a writer, sure, yes I do, but I feel like she needs a better editor (if such a thing exists these days.) Most of her "short stories" are about 40 pages long. I always thought short stories were supposed to be digestible in one sitting and have a certain pacing. Sometimes I feel like she needs to make up her mind... are you a short story writer or a novelist? As far as I know, she hasn't written many novels, but I'm not reading any more of her stuff until she gets off the fence. I will say this: if not the greatest writer alive, certainly the "luckiest." I bet all writers wish they could publish a 40-page story any time and any place they saw fit...

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