Lives of Mothers & Daughters: Growing Up with Alice Munro
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Lives of Mothers & Daughters: Growing Up with Alice Munro

by Sheila Munro
     
 
Sheila Munro is the daughter of one of the world’s most admired fiction writers: Alice Munro, three-time winner of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award. In Lives of Mothers and Daughters, she reveals what it was like to grow up with a mother of such tremendous renown. At the core of the book lies a loving and intimate biography of

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Sheila Munro is the daughter of one of the world’s most admired fiction writers: Alice Munro, three-time winner of Canada’s prestigious Governor General’s Award. In Lives of Mothers and Daughters, she reveals what it was like to grow up with a mother of such tremendous renown. At the core of the book lies a loving and intimate biography of Alice, presented as only a daughter can. Sheila traces the story back to her ancestors, who left Scotland in the early 19th century, before telling of Alice’s birth in 1931, her youth growing up on an Ontario farm, and her two marriages, and two grandchildren—Sheila’s own children.
Sheila has a tale to tell that’s her own as well, involving her writerly aspirations and her efforts to forge a unique path while following in her mother’s footsteps. And so, from her perspective as both an author and a mother, Sheila writes frankly about her mother and her mother’s writing. The legions of devoted Alice Munro fans will glimpse real-life settings, situations and characters that have worked their way into her fiction as Sheila offers a behind-the-scenes tour (replete with Munro family snapshots) of the inspirations for the tales Munro fans know and love.

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Library Journal

Originally published in Canada in 2001, this book tells the story of Canadian author Alice Munro's life and work, as seen through the eyes of her eldest daughter, Sheila. It opens with an account of how Alice met her husband, married, and moved to Vancouver to start a family. The narrative then follows the family's early life and jumps back to tell the stories of Alice's childhood and Sheila's own adolescence and coming-of-age. Each chapter contains references to Alice's literary work as Sheila analyzes the interdependence of her mother's writing and their "real life story" as a family. Though of most interest to those familiar with Alice's novels and short stories, this book also stands on its own as a study of what it's like being the daughter of an artist. It gently tackles the experience of living with a writer and how this affected Sheila's finding her own voice in the same medium. Suited to both academic and public libraries.
—Rebecca Bollen Manalac

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402757631
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 5.36(h) x 0.78(d)

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