Alice Munro has been hailed as a master of the short story.
Alice Munro is a Canadian short story writer born in Wingham, Ontario, Canada in 1931. She has won Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction several times, the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013 – the first Canadian and only the 13th woman to do so.
The setting of her stories is Huron County in Ontario, a rural, agricultural area on the banks of Lake Huron. She writes about everyday human hardships and dilemmas with which her readers easily identify.
She has had 14 collections of short stories published. Her first collection "Dance of the Happy Shades" was published in 1968 and the latest one "Dear Life" in 2012. "The View from Castle Rock" from 2006 is inspired by her family's Scottish ancestry.
Read one of her short stories: Red Dress (dramatization)
You can read 17 of her short stories free online (some require free sign up): Alice Munro - Short Stories