Earlier this year, Betsy and I started an Alice Munro reading project, going through her stories one at a time, starting with her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades (click here for an index of posts on each story) (we’d already covered Munro’s most recent collection, Dear Life; click here for an index of posts on each story).
Munro’s second book, Lives of Girls and Women (1971), is actually classified as a novel. However, in many ways it is still a collection of short stories, all dealing with a single character whom me met in Dance of the Happy Shades, Del Jordan. These stories are rich and worth going through one-by-one as well. So that’s just what we’re going to do.
This is the anchor post, an index with links to our posts on each story in this collection.
Now that we’ve completed the project, I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished together and as individuals. Our posts on the eight stories total approximately 24,000 words, and we both feel there are vast areas we didn’t even touch on, let alone explore. This is a rich book that I cannot recommend highly enough.
Lives of Girls and Women contains the following eight pieces: