Exit Strategies is an eminently readable collection of essays, fiction and poetry.
Alice Munro's writing is, as always, a pleasure to read. Her "In Sight of the Lake" starts innocuously with a woman driving to her doctor's appointment, and leads gently on to a climax that the reader comes to expect, yet dreads. Anne Tyler's "A Beginner's Goodbye" is a touching story of a man who tries, as matter-of-factedly as he can manage, to come to terms with the sudden accidental death of his wife. His friends and acquaintances, in trying to help him get over his loss, only make it more difficult for him to do so. Chinelo Okparanta's "America" is a story about a Nigerian woman on her way to her visa interview at the U.S Embassy. Along the way, Okparanta touches expertly on the myriad conflicting emotions that assail a person on the verge of leaving her country. In the very process of expressing his doubts about whether the words will continue to flow, John Barth ends up with a wonderfully well-crafted piece on his writing routine in "The End?".
These, and the rest, each with its own unique style and execution, make this collection a reader's delight.