Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2013 and is a three-time winner of the Governor General's Award, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Canada. Known for short stories that explore the undercurrents of human relationships through the ordinary events of daily life, Munro has been called "the Canadian Chekhov." Raised in Ontario, where many of her stories take place, Munro was a housewife for many years before gaining international attention for her first collection of stories, 1968's Dance of the Happy Shades. Her other books of stories include Who Do You Think You Are? (1978, also known as The Beggar Maid), The Moons of Jupiter (1982) and The Love of a Good Woman (1993). In 2006 she announced her retirement from writing and published two books, Carried Away: A Selection of Stories and The View from Castle Rock.
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