Book review: Queenie, By Alice Munro
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 08 November 2013
This single short story publication may be a clever way to cash in on Munro's recent elevation to Nobel Prize winner, but that should not count against its remarkable effect.
At 60 pages, it can be read during an average day's commute and yet creates an entire and intricate world, that is as ordinary as it haunting.
Queenie is its capricious, beautiful subject being observed by her adoring, younger half-sister, Chrissy, both of whom are regular blue collar women trying to make a go of their lives.
What stands out is Munro's shrewd, detailed observations of their world.
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