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

Vickie Gendreau’s Testament (2012; 2016)

2017-05-02T09:37:11+00:00

Originally written after the author had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, Testament is a response to the news that Vickie Gendreau would have little time left to live: about a year. 2012; Book Thug, 2016 The novel's translator, Aimee Wall, writes about the work, a few months

Vickie Gendreau’s Testament (2012; 2016) 2017-05-02T09:37:11+00:00

In My Reading Log

2015-09-02T10:34:05+00:00

The majority of my reading time this year has been devoted to the books which have been living for years, though neglected, on my own bookshelves. In May and June, I had a planned rebellion, and I enjoyed a great number of new books. But now I have returned to

In My Reading Log 2015-09-02T10:34:05+00:00

Quarterly Stories: Summer 2015

2017-07-24T15:01:50+00:00

This year I have read some stand-out collections, but for the most part I neglected to take notes from them: Joy Williams' Honored Guests, Kathleen Winter's The Freedom in American Songs, Jessica Grant's Making Light of Tragedy, Shawn Syms' Nothing Looks Familiar, Elaine McCluskey's Hello, Sweetheart, Julia Leggett's Gone South and Other

Quarterly Stories: Summer 2015 2017-07-24T15:01:50+00:00

“Child’s Play” Alice Munro

2017-07-25T11:21:59+00:00

On the list of 10 Perfect Alice Munro sentences, recently selected by CBC, this is the first: "Every year, when you’re a child, you become a different person." It begs the question, "When does one stop becoming somebody new every year?" Perhaps after an event like the incident described in this

“Child’s Play” Alice Munro 2017-07-25T11:21:59+00:00