Review: Alice Munro’s ‘Family Furnishings’

November 30, 2014 12:49 AM

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The most astonishing aspect of Alice Munro’s Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 may be its chronology. The two dozen efforts here come from late in her career, after she had established herself as (perhaps) the preeminent short-fiction writer of her time.

Munro’s first book came out in 1968; she had already received pretty much every award possible before winning the Nobel Prize in literature in 2013. Yet rather than fall into any sort of expected pattern, she has, as Jane Smiley notes in her introduction to this deep and constantly surprising collec...

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