Thursday, December 31
Book Review: The Love of a Good Woman
Author: Alice Munro
Summary: Eight new stories about what people will do for love, and the unexpected routes their passion will force them to take. A prim, old landlady in Vancouver with a crime of passion lurking in her past. A young mother with a secret life who abandons her children to be with her lover. A country doctor in the 1960s discovered by his daughter to be helping desperate women, his "special patients."These and other fascinating characters weave their way through stories that track the changes that time brings to families, lovers and even to friends who share old, intimate secrets about the "prostration of love" in a collection that is clear-eyed about the clutter of our emotional lives.
The rich layering that gives Alice Munro's work such a strong sense of life is particularly apparent in the title story, in which the death of a local optometrist brings an entire community into focus - from the preadolescent boys who find his body to the man who probably killed him, to the woman who must decide what to do about what she might know.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This wasn't my favourite collection by the author but it was still an enjoyable read. I did find that a lot of the stories in this collection stood out more compared to her other collections - they almost seemed to be darker which was an aspect I enjoyed, but there was just something about this collection that didn't grip me as much as her others.
Overall it was a good collection by the author, but this one wouldn't be at the top of the books I'd recommend by her.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it's not the best of Munro's short story collections, but it does have a different tone to the book, compared to her others and it, like all of her works, is wonderfully written.
What to read next: More Alice Munro
Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, MTBR Challenge