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

Mazo de la Roche’s Young Renny (1935; 1971) 2017-08-11T13:57:37+00:00

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

In My Reading Log, Summer 2017

2017-07-28T18:17:28+00:00

In which there is talk of novels which were read too quickly to allow for extensive note-taking and snapshots: good reading. Yewande Omotoso's The Woman Next Door (2017) Longlisted for the Women's Fiction Prize this year, this story about two women in their eighties, neighbours in South Africa, is quietly

In My Reading Log, Summer 2017 2017-07-28T18:17:28+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Bernadette”

2017-07-14T15:29:31+00:00

Alice Munro's hired girls like to read too.In "Sunday Afternoon", Alva asks Mr. Gannett if she could borrow "King Lear" and, also, Stendhal's The Red and the Black. Mr. Gannett agrees to share his books with Alva, just as Mr. Montjoy gifts the young Alice with his copy of Seven Gothic Tales at the end of

Mavis Gallant’s “Bernadette” 2017-07-14T15:29:31+00:00