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

2017-11-21T15:27:35+00:00

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) 2017-11-21T15:27:35+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Brothers (1954)

2017-10-27T09:48:07+00:00

It's no secret that Mazo de la Roche loved to read. So, we have sassy young Adeline pulling out a book on the ship which takes her from Ireland to the wilds of what-would-soon-be-Canada. There's at least one literary reference in each of the volumes, and sometimes these are endowed with

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Brothers (1954) 2017-10-27T09:48:07+00:00

On Being Married – Happily and Unhappily – and Reading Around

2017-10-30T11:30:28+00:00

Sarah Dunn's new novel, The Arrangement takes Owen and Lucy, who are imagining themselves unhappily married in the future, and encourages them to sleep around. The idea comes to the happily married couple via a conversation at a dinner party, which is also how Sarah Dunn came upon the idea

On Being Married – Happily and Unhappily – and Reading Around 2017-10-30T11:30:28+00:00

Looking for Light: Humour in the Stacks (6 Reads)

2017-10-06T17:25:32+00:00

Do you ever feel the weight of your stack? Many of the books I've been reading have been rigorous and demanding. Commodore Ajith Boyagoda's story of imprisonment in Sri Lanka, Marcelino Truong's memories of coming-of-age in Vietnam between 1961 and 1963, Shirin Ebadi's work for human rights in Iran, Solmaz

Looking for Light: Humour in the Stacks (6 Reads) 2017-10-06T17:25:32+00:00

Rachel Cusk’s Outline (2014) and Transit (2017)

2017-10-25T16:47:19+00:00

Readers meet a woman up in the air. Literally. She is flying to Athens, where she will teach a course in creative writing. This is Outline. Perhaps partly because she could instruct in the art of outlining, demonstrate for her students the art of constructing a framework on which

Rachel Cusk’s Outline (2014) and Transit (2017) 2017-10-25T16:47:19+00:00