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

“Deep-Holes” Alice Munro

2017-07-25T11:22:19+00:00

So many of the risks in "Deep-Holes" are either averted or declared meaningless. "Sally packed devilled eggs—something she hated to take on a picnic, because they were so messy." Nobody ate the devilled eggs anyway, so it didn't matter how messy they were. "Ham sandwiches, crab salad, lemon tarts—also a

“Deep-Holes” Alice Munro 2017-07-25T11:22:19+00:00