>Canada’s short-story writer extraordinaire just won the Nobel. If you’ve never read her, here’s where to start.
A powerful early story that helped define Munro’s spare, singular voice, it’s about a young girl who endures corporal punishment at the insistence of her stepmother.
‘THE BEAR CAME OVER THE MOUNTAIN’
Committed to a nursing home, an academic’s wife falls in love with a fellow resident, forcing her husband to reconsider his own past indiscretions. Heartbreaking.
‘FRIEND OF MY YOUTH’
A story about a daughter’s longing for her dead mother. Showcases Munro’s ability to capture sweeping generational change through the poignant details of everyday life.
From her latest collection, Dear Life, it features a classic Munro turnabout: A teacher at a WWII-era TB sanitarium elopes with the school doctor—and then learns he’s not what he seemed.