I am currently re-reading Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro and I am reminded why I loved it so much the first time around.
Munro is the queen of the short story. Her use of words is her gift and her art. Amongst many acolades over the years, the highlight is winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In Lives of Girls and Women I believe she has written several wonderful, bittersweet, thoughtful short stories and blended them to form the perfect novel about a girl learning about life, love, pain, and death while growing up in small town Ontario during the 1940s.
Read it! You know you must.