Relatable Short Stories by Alice Munro Alice Munro is a relatable short story writer who uses life occurrences , trials , and tribulations to depict what the story will be about. She writes about the human condition and relationships seen through the lens of daily life. (Wikipedia ) While the locus of Munro’s fiction is her native Southwestern Ontario,her reputation as a short-story writer is international. Her “accessible, moving stories” explore human complexities in a seemingly effortless style.
Munro’s writing has established her as “one of our greatest contemporary writers of fiction,” or, as Cynthia Ozick put it, “our Chekhov. Her strong regional focus is one of the features of her fiction. Another is the omniscient narrator who serves to make sense of the world. Many compare Munro’s small-town settings to writers of the rural parts of the United States. Thus, particularly with respect to her male characters, she may be said to capture the essence of every man.
Her female characters, though, are more complex. Much of Munro’s work exemplifies the literary genre known as Southern Ontario Gothic. Munro’s work deals with “love and work, and the failings of both. She shares Chekhov’s obsession with time and our much-lamented inability to delay or prevent its relentless movement forward. (wikipedia). Others still have different and not so nice things to say about her short stories. Her stories seem to have the same template with mundane or ho- hum storylines. (www. laurahird. com)