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An ode to Alice Munro

This week, we lost a magnificent writer. It's not just that she was Canadian. It's not just that she was from Ontario. It's not just that she wrote about characters I could identify with. It's that she was truly one of the best at crafting the short story. If you've ever tried to compose a short story, you'll soon discover how devilishly difficult it is.

I was introduced to Alice Munro's writing in Grade 10 English. The first story we tackled was Thanks for the ride. Forty-some years after I read it, part of it still haunts me. The gloominess of class differences and gender inequality. I'm going to dust off my copy of Lives of Girls and Women and give it another long overdue read. Thank you, Alice, for showing off your genius in subtle and powerful ways.

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