Books: Heart-Catching

THE MOONS OF JUPITER by Alice Munro Knopf; 233 pages; $12.95

Some writers have voices so distinctive that no matter how traditional the form they write in, the identity of the author can scarcely fail to be recognized after a brief passage. Alice Munro belongs in that rare company; from her naturalistic, classically composed short stories there rises a melodic line that catches at the heart with its freshness.

Munro's originality is all the more striking because her subject is ordinariness. The stories in this collection and in earlier volumes of fiction (Lives of Girls and Women, Something I've Been Meaning to...

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