In the final story in this collection the narrator refers to her quest to uncover the history of her relatives saying, "It happens mostly in our old age, when our personal futures close down and we cannot imagine - sometimes cannot believe in - the future of our children's children. We can't resist this rifling around in the past, sifting the untrustworthy evidence, linking stray names and questionable dates and anecdotes together, hanging on to threads, insisting on being joined to dead people and therefore to life." This sentiment neatly sums up this collection of linked stories based loosely on Munro's life and those of her ancestors. However, she firmly emphasizes that this is fiction with its roots in fact, not a memoir: "The part of this book that might be called family history has expanded into ...
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