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Remembering a Pioneer for Women

Alice Munro is a Canadian author who has landed in my sphere due to the numerous articles about her being shown to me via phone app. I first heard of Alice from reading a lovely article written by Laura Miller on slate.com. Alice had recently passed on the 13th of May, and the article was about who Alice was and the kind of life she lived. This discovery reminded me of someone, someone who could have been family to Alice had the right people been intertwined. That person is me.

After reading more on Alice Munro, I just felt like we could have fit well together. As in, she could have been a grandmother or great aunt to me. And having such a person around me would make sense because I am so different from everyone else in my family. So much so that I was abandoned by them. Because I say no, because I chose to do my own thing and I do not live day to day as to being just enough to get through life, passing through the days until death arrives. Because teaching that we are just born, to be taught, then to work like a drone for about forty years, to then just die, is not a life of living. It's a life to make the rich more rich. There is always a want for more to life, but that more does not need to be extravagant, a simple form of more is sometimes just enough. Repetitive days is not for me and I am glad that my life has been so different from others.

Alice wanted to write, to tell stories about women, but not be in the limelight, not be sent off to tour every time she had a new book released. Alice lived life her way and didn't care what anyone else thought of her, her actions, her in-actions. This is something more women should be aspiring to be like. If you don't want to drive, don't learn. If you don't want to do something, say, "no thank you". If you want to try something and end up finding that it is not for you, it is okay to quit, even after the first time. And if you don't want to do interviews or book tours, it is okay to not do so because Alice Munro did not and she had a successful life.

Alice Munro is currently the only Canadian to receive the Nobel Prize, and was the 13th woman to receive such an award, in 2013. Alice has several literary awards, including the Man Booker International Prize. Dear Life was Alice's last publication in 2012.

I will be looking to add some of Alice's books to my library, such as, Lives of Girls and Women, Open Secrets, The View from Castle Rock and Dear Life. And the memoir by Shelia Munro, Alice's daughter, Growing Up With Alice Munro, will find it's way to my bookcases one day too.