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The View from Castle Rock


by Alice Munro

The View from Castle Rock
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    Nov 2006, 368 pages
    Jan 2008, 368 pages

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Alice Munro was born in 1931 in Wingham, a small town in southwestern Ontario, to a family of small farmers. She began writing stories at the age of 12. She won a two-year scholarship to the University of Western Ontario and while there published several short stories in the student literary magazine. She left before graduating, some sources say this was because she ran out of money, others say it was to get married. She married another student, James Munro, and they raised three daughters and for several years ran a bookshop in Victoria. Later they divorced and she married Gerald Fremlin, a geographer. The Fremlins divide their time between Clinton, Ontario, not far from Munro's hometown of Wingham, and Comox, British Columbia.

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