All, When I read that Alice Munro had won the prize I bought a kindle copy of her book, "Dear Life". I am only half way through the collection of short stories but my impression so far has been that the stories are nice but her writing style is nothing special. She writes in a very detached and matter-of-fact style, so making it hard for the reader to find resonance/ emphasize with the characters and their bad fortune. For example, one character's mother leaves the father for an actor and in their drugged out haze the character's sibling drowns. Two dramatic moments in a short story but I felt no sympathy for any of the characters. In another story, a young female teacher teaching in a TB clinic in the fifties is seduced by the doctor in the clinic and loses her virginity to him. He promises to marry her but later leaves her at the alter. Again, a very sorry tale but I am not left with feelings of empathy for the teacher or feeling angry towards the doctor. Maybe I am missing something? Happy to stand corrected.