Teresa was not vulgar -- she was just foreign.
Pretty sure I picked this story collection up in Vermont over a decade ago after I took US/Canadian Literature I & II. We'd read several of Munro's short stories in class and I remember being quite taken with her writing style. But not so taken, apparently, that I ever read this collection. No, it followed me from Vermont to my parents and then on to our first home and now here -- somehow (and rather surprisingly) never managing to be culled during any of my weeding fits.
So, yes, this book was made for RYOB 2009.
What did I think of it? I thought it was pretty good -- the stories are well crafted with distinctive characters and (usually) definitive endings. Some stories I wish Munro had spun out into full-length books, but most are perfect as they are. While Munro isn't the most descriptive of writers, she does know how to move a story along.
If you're not familiar with Munro, I should warn you that these aren't "happy" stories. Many of them feature topics or themes which may make readers a little uncomfortable (anxiety, remorse, sexual repression, and adultery pop up over and over again). Perfect grey March recession reading!
RYOB Challenge 2009: Alice Munro's Friend of My Youth: Stories (Vintage, 1991)