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Set Up a Scene That Could Go Either Way

I'm currently reading the legendary Alice Munro's latest story collection Dear Life, and I'm thrilled with it (though I'm only a few stories in). Maybe I'd been hitting a dry spell of good short stories lately, but suddenly I find these stories crackling with life, bursting with ambiguity, with strangeness, with character. In particular, I'm noticing Munro's particular strength at creating situations absolutely bursting with suspense, situations that really and truly could go either way. (Read more »)

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