Mavis Gallant’s “An Unmarried Man’s Summer” (1963)

2017-08-08T13:33:40+00:00

Walter is just a kid, in comparison to the elderly widows with whom he spends most of his time. And perhaps when he's driving his sporty little Singer, he's not thinking about ending things. But in quiet moments, despair sneaks up on him. Promenade des anglais, Nice, 1960

Mavis Gallant’s “An Unmarried Man’s Summer” (1963) 2017-08-08T13:33:40+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “About Geneva”

2017-03-26T12:44:34+00:00

Even the shortest story in The Other Paris provokes a strong sympathy on the part of readers. Bill Perlmutter: "Through A Soldier's Lens. Europe In The Fifties".Click for source details At the heart of the story are two young children, Ursula who is older than seven and Colin who

Mavis Gallant’s “About Geneva” 2017-03-26T12:44:34+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “One Morning in June” (1952)

2017-07-24T15:01:37+00:00

In another collection, this story is called "One Morning in May", and I wonder if anyone thought about renaming it "The Other Menton". For as surely as the title story takes a young woman's expectations of Paris and examines how they conflict with her real experience of the city, this

Mavis Gallant’s “One Morning in June” (1952) 2017-07-24T15:01:37+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Picnic” (1952)

2017-03-26T10:55:23+00:00

The weight of the brooch pulls the fabric of young Margaret Marshall's picnic frock. It always hangs just fine off her navy blue shorts, but the light-weight dress doesn't provide a suitable backdrop. How disappointing for young Margaret, who so treasures this gift from Madame Pégorin, the photo of the woman's beloved

Mavis Gallant’s “The Picnic” (1952) 2017-03-26T10:55:23+00:00

December 2015, In My Reading Log

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Three of these books were inspired by the conjunction between my own shelves and this year's Random House Bingo, which has a CanLit theme. The Tiger Claw filled my Nominated-for-the-Giller square, Evan Munday's second October Schwartz for the Mystery-or-Thriller square, and Elaine Lui's book about her relationship with her mother

December 2015, In My Reading Log 2016-01-03T11:28:19+00:00