Weeks After Alice Munro’s Death, Daughter Tells of Dark Family Secret

“I also wanted this story, my story, to be part of the stories that people tell about my mother,” Skinner continued. “I never wanted to see another interview or a biography or an event that didn’t confront me with the reality of what had happened to me, and the fact that my mother, faced with the truth of what had happened, chose to stay with my abuser and protect him.”

Attempts to reach Skinner on Sunday were unsuccessful.

Skinner wrote that the abuse began in 1976, when she was 9 and went to visit Fremlin, then in his 50s, and his mother, who was in her 40s. She said he climbed into the bed where she was sleeping and sexually assaulted her. Skinner said she told her stepmother, who then told Skinner’s father. Her father did not confront Munro.

Over the next few years, Skinner wrote, Fremlin exposed himself to her during car rides, described his mother’s sexual needs and “told me about little girls in the neighbourhood he liked.” According to the Toronto Star article, he lost interest in Skinner when she became a teenager.

Over time, Munro’s reputation as an author grew. By the time of her death, she was widely regarded as one of the greatest short story writers of all time. Her work often focused on women at different stages of life, blending “ordinary people with extraordinary themes,” according to her obituary in the New York Times. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2013, at the age of 82.

At the age of 20, Skinner expressed sympathy for a character in a short story who commits suicide after being sexually assaulted by her stepfather. It was after this, Skinner wrote, that she decided to tell her mother about the abuse she had suffered.

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