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Alice Munro: reality hunger

Does the Nobel Prize-winning author mistrust the power of fiction?

By Christopher R Beha   January 2013

Alice Munro ©Derek Shapman

Dear Life by Alice Munro (Chatto & Windus, £18.99)

A diligent literary novelist might be counted on to write between one and two dozen books over the course of a career. Along the way, most authors will develop a template, consciously or not, and the more times it is returned to, the less vivid the work that results.

A continued willingness to start from scratch, to discard old ideas about how a story works, is the common trait that…

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