Margaret Millar’s Beyond This Point Are Monsters (1970; 2016)

2017-07-26T13:48:07+00:00

Many of Margaret Millar's characters have had an escape, often in the face of difficulty. Robert has achieved the ultimate escape - he has disappeared - and readers wonder whether that was deliberate or accidental, malicious or ambitious. "The world of Robert’s maps was nice and flat and simple. It

Margaret Millar’s Beyond This Point Are Monsters (1970; 2016) 2017-07-26T13:48:07+00:00

Margaret Millar’s The Fiend (1964; 2016)

2017-07-26T13:34:30+00:00

From the outset, The Fiend has a creepy element which readers hadn't yet experienced in the fiction Margaret Millar had published theretofore. "She was about nine. Having watched them all impartially now for two weeks, Charlie had come to like her the best." You're afraid to ask, aren't you: why

Margaret Millar’s The Fiend (1964; 2016) 2017-07-26T13:34:30+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Young Renny (1935; 1971)

2017-08-11T13:57:37+00:00

When I began to read this series, I worried - needlessly - about keeping the characters straight: actually, the main character is Jalna itself. "Everything about the house had been put in perfect order. Workmen had been there to mend the roof, tighten the supports of the shutters, and give

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Mavis Gallant’s “My Heart is Broken”

2017-08-11T13:53:02+00:00

Of all the Mavis Gallant stories which I've read this year, this one I yearn to discuss. With many of the others, company would be nice, not only to see what other readers might unearth in the layers, but simply for the company because the characters' loneliness and sadness is

Mavis Gallant’s “My Heart is Broken” 2017-08-11T13:53:02+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Cost of Living”

2017-08-11T13:53:25+00:00

It begins in darkness. South side of the Luxembourg Gardens "Louise, my sister, talked to Sylvie Laval for the first time on the stairs of our hotel on a winter afternoon. At five o’clock the skylight over the stairway and the blank, black windows on each of the

Mavis Gallant’s “The Cost of Living” 2017-08-11T13:53:25+00:00