David Denchuk’s The Bone Mother (2017)

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Like David Chariandry's Brother, The Bone Mother is preoccupied with the power of storytelling, with the particular significance of telling one's own story. The stories in David Demchuk's book are told simply, in a fable-like tone, with clarity and attention to detail. They are linked, but not in a

David Denchuk’s The Bone Mother (2017) 2017-11-17T17:22:14+00:00

Ed O’Loughlin’s Minds of Winter

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The novel begins with a news article, about a chronograph believed to have been lost with the Franklin expedition but discovered many years later, disguised as a Victorian carriage clock. Minds of Winter offers readers a glimpse into then and now and times in-between. There are no overarching commentaries

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Mavis Gallant’s “Paola and Renata” (1965)

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The widow has let her hair go. It is half mahogany and half dull grey. Not only grey, but dull grey. Paola and Renata's listening that summer One has the sense that being a widow might have brought this about. The simple act of inhabiting widowhood. But that

Mavis Gallant’s “Paola and Renata” (1965) 2017-11-13T17:57:06+00:00

Nonfiction November Week Two: Pairing

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This week, we are invited to pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. "It can be a 'If you loved this book, read this!' or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real

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Mavis Gallant’s “From Gamut to Yalta” (1980)

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So short. Four pages. And, yet, a man considering his entire life and the geo-political map of his day. Its shifting (and not-so shifting) borders are intertwined with his ideas about his marriage. This seems to draw the noose of relationship between the personal and the political uncomfortably - even

Mavis Gallant’s “From Gamut to Yalta” (1980) 2017-11-10T17:11:11+00:00