Picks and Pans Review: Open Secrets

UPDATED 10/03/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 10/03/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Alice Munro

Alice Munro is a master at inventing whole worlds in 35 pages. In these eight short stories, set in Australia and Canada from the 1850s to the present, she brings a depth of wisdom to her characters and their communities in a succinct fashion that many novelists would envy.

The narrators are women, sometimes eccentric, sometimes love-struck or betrayed, always astute. The young patient in "Carried Away," for example, flees from an affair with a married doctor and ends up wiser but alone. Other characters abandon husbands for lovers, or lovers for the uncertainty of starting over in a faraway city. Though men make appearances in these stories, it is the women who command control of their own lives. Even a contrived plot or two don't diminish Munro's wit, intelligence and grace or detract from the subtle insight of her characters in this sparkling collection. (Knopf, $23)

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters