Alice Monroe is an exceptional short story writer.
Her subject matter is often the lives of ordinary people – ordinary people made extraordinary by her uncanny ability to extract nuance and meaning from everyday things and everyday occurrences. She is a sly, astute observer of people. Nothing escapes her. The stories in this collection deal with happiness and misery, love and loss, old age and youth and shift effortlessly between time periods.
What makes these stories truly great is how very human they are. Readers empathise with her character’s everyday struggles.
Her stories are spare and elegant. No word is a wasted one. Her attention to craft is absolute. To read her is to encounter genius.
We have many volumes of her stories in our library – discover her work!
Recommended for Y10 upwards.
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