Tina Jordan
November 11, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Too Much Happiness

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alice Munro
publisher
Knopf
genre
Short Stories, Fiction
We gave it an A

A brand-new collection of short stories from Alice Munro — winner of a Mann Booker Prize — is always a cause for celebration, and Too Much Happiness doesn’t disappoint. It dazzles. The 10 spare, lovely tales are, like all of Munro’s, short on plot and long on revelation, but brimming with emotion and memorable characters. In ”Dimensions,” a mother whose three children were murdered finds some peace by the side of the road at a car accident; in ”Face,” a man born disfigured — his own dad calls him ”a chunk of chopped liver” — reflects on a life of physical misfortune. Munro’s are stories that linger long after you turn the last page. A

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