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


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)


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


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