Mavis Gallant’s “Going Ashore” (1954)

2017-03-26T10:37:34+00:00

For the first time, twelve-year-old Emma Ellinger feels truly connected to her mother. They are finally “doing something together, alone, with no man, no Uncle Anyone, to interfere". Tangier, Moracco 1887 Click for source data It's true that the cruise hasn't gone entirely as planned; they have packed the

Mavis Gallant’s “Going Ashore” (1954) 2017-03-26T10:37:34+00:00

Reading Louise Erdrich: At Last

2017-04-26T13:24:01+00:00

For years, vaguely since I collected The Bingo Palace with a university course in mind (but there was never enough time to read all the books I planned to read for papers) and intensely since falling in love with The Last Miracle at Little No Horse, I've wanted to go

Reading Louise Erdrich: At Last 2017-04-26T13:24:01+00:00

November 2016, In My Reading Log

2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

In the wake of my IFOA reading list and the literary prizelists of the season, my November reading felt relatively whimsical. Without duedates attached to the majority of my reading, it was a pleasure to slip into volumes which had sat untouched in recent weeks. Each of these three volumes covers,

November 2016, In My Reading Log 2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here

2017-07-24T14:21:27+00:00

Having stories narrated by - or assembled via - a number of voices is a popular way of  world-building. Each of the following books plays with this technique, allowing different perspectives to combine and create a more credible space for readers to inhabit. Just as in Meg Wolitzer's The Position, the matriarch

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here 2017-07-24T14:21:27+00:00

Storytelling or Chicanery: Trust in words

2016-07-31T12:08:28+00:00

Sometimes, it's clear who the bad guys are. Sometimes they're clearly drawn, not only unsavoury, but also unprincipled. Like the misogynists who people the Signy Shepherd series by Susan Philpott, in which women are rescued from life-threatening situations by other women working a type of Underground Railroad, called The Line. (Blown

Storytelling or Chicanery: Trust in words 2016-07-31T12:08:28+00:00