By Catherine Sheldrick Ross

ISBN-10: 1550221531

ISBN-13: 9781550221534

Canadian-born Alice Munro has confirmed herself as one of many world's best modern brief story-writers. because the book of her first assortment, Dance of the satisfied colours in 1968, she has tantalized a gradually increasing readership together with her skill to provide, "ordinary existence in order that it sounds as if luminous, invested with one of those magic." In Alice Munro: A Double lifestyles, the 1st full-length biography of Munro, Ross charts the advance of Munro as a wife/mother and severe author, and her fight to stability the calls for of this "double life."

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This small town of about 3,000 people is only approximately 125 miles from Toronto, 70 miles from London, and 25 miles from the lake-port town of Goderich. Despite being at the junction of two highways and having its own CBC radio station, Wingham seems somehow remote. As the narrator put it in Munro’s “The Peace of Utrecht,” “there is no easy way to get to Jubilee from anywhere on earth” (Dance 196). FIGURE 2 A fire-insurance plan for Wingham, Ontario, produced by the Underwriters’ Survey Bureau in 1904, revised in 1928.

No recoveries are recorded” (Something 236-37). In that story, the daughter’s feelings are confused — love mixed with resentment towards her mother, who has “given her consent” to this illness (244) — as are the feelings of the narrator of a later story, “Miles City, Montana,” who experiences an angry certainty that her parents had somehow given their “consent to the death of children,” to her own death (Progress 103). All along, the watchful Alice had been aware of the dangers lying in wait for her mother, a woman who was so lacking in a sense of precaution and so innocently unaware of how her differences set her apart.

I was sexually interested, to the point where I would easily have married any of half a dozen people, if they had shown interest in me. I really liked men. I really liked boys, and they were so callow. It’s just lucky that no one ever made a move. And meanwhile I was trying to get the wash done. And ironing. (unpublished interview [Ross]) “A Way of Surviving as Herself” Knitting and sewing were strongly promoted by her grandmother as a necessary preparation for being a good farmer’s wife. So Alice tried to knit, but not very hard.

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