Alice Munro has the ability to smash through the genre of short story writing and claim her place as one of the best writer’s in literary craft. Rules don’t seem to apply to Munro’s stories; she can span 100 years in 15 pages. She shatters the idea of happy endings, and instead ends with a question. She takes children and makes them old, in their wizened stoic views. Dear Life is a collection to be celebrated not only because it is a deft example of literary finesse, but also because it is a mirror for the human experience.