BOOK STEW REVIEW: ‘The Love Of A Good Woman’ by Alice Munro

Below is the latest Book Stew Review from Eileen MacDougall, host of the long-running Book Stew, a video and podcast devoted to writing in all forms, authors, playwrights, and even a cat who survived a tornado and wrote a book about it.

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro

These brilliant stories explore what has always been theorized and never quite materializes: that a man can be redeemed by the love of a good woman.

Munro’s interior views of a cohort of Canadian middle class mothers, caretakers, and their families are quietly insightful, and each of the eight stories immediately pulls the reader into circumstances that would be mundane coming from anyone else’s pen.

The murder of an abuser, confessed to a home health aide; a hero doctor father who acts as the town’s abortionist and is blackmailed by his assistant; a woman who falls in love with the director of an amateur production and leaves her children for him; a 10-year-old girl’s acceptance of her mother’s involvement in a ménage-a-trois; and a mother whose newborn rejects her in favor of her aunt — each narrator peels out the layers of the story in a calm manner that belies the disruptions and disturbances within.

Munro is THE short story genius of our time.

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