Book review: Queenie, By Alice Munro

 

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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