Chinese Girls: In Fiction, In Photos

2017-05-18T10:09:14+00:00

Bette Bao Lord's In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (1984) opens when Bandit is living in China in her grandparents' home. She is ten years old (nine in Western birthdays) and she is about to learn that she will be going to live in the United States.

Chinese Girls: In Fiction, In Photos 2017-05-18T10:09:14+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Legacy” (1954)

2017-07-24T18:10:57+00:00

Inheritance: a common literary theme. Here, Mrs. Boldescu has died, leaving behind four grown children and a family grocery shop on St. Eulalie Street in Montreal: “Rumania Fancy Groceries". Small shops in 1935, imagine "Rumania Family Groceries" on the signClick for source details Carol and Georgie are the older brothers, and

Mavis Gallant’s “The Legacy” (1954) 2017-07-24T18:10:57+00:00

The Ransom Riggs’ Trilogy

2016-10-18T10:35:36+00:00

With a lengthy TBR, it's sometimes difficult to finish reading a series: this year, with trilogies, I am exercising my completion muscles. Earlier this year, I went back and reread the initial volume of Margaret Drabble's Thatcher trilogy and Judith Kerr's Out of the Hitler Time trilogy, and then finished the other

The Ransom Riggs’ Trilogy 2016-10-18T10:35:36+00:00

Jane Hamilton’s The Excellent Lombards (2016)

2017-05-18T06:23:26+00:00

Excerpt from my reading journal: Having read all of Jane Hamilton's novels, and having waited since 2009 for another, I was pretty psyched for The Excellent Lombards. Grand Central Publishing, 2016 My favourites were The Short History of a Prince and The Book of Ruth, which I read

Jane Hamilton’s The Excellent Lombards (2016) 2017-05-18T06:23:26+00:00

Lisa Moore’s Flannery (2016)

2017-07-24T15:23:07+00:00

Lisa Moore builds folks from the ink up: she is standout at characterization. Groundwood Books, 2016 One of the elements that makes her characters so convincing is the echo effect, the reverberations off seemingly extraneous details (in images, in descriptions, in settings) to construct multi-faceted individuals. Readers who have

Lisa Moore’s Flannery (2016) 2017-07-24T15:23:07+00:00