Review: CARRIED AWAY by Alice Munro

True North

by Mona Simpson for The Atlantic Monthly (Dec. 5, 2006)

carriedaway.jpg“This past June, for the launch of a PEN Canada anthology of essays by fifty authors, Alice Munro wrote that she could quit writing “in the interests of a manageable life.” When she read those words aloud at the corresponding benefit, however, she appended, “When I wrote that, I believed it” — meaning, of course, that she wasn’t quitting at all, that she couldn’t stay away. But the gentle joke seems to have passed over the press corps’s head, because throughout Canada, where Munro is a deity on the order of Japan’s Living National Treasures, newspapers announced that the seventy-five-year-old writer was putting down her pen.”

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