Margaret Millar’s Wives and Lovers (1954; 2016)

2017-07-24T15:00:28+00:00

Readers familiar with Margaret Millar's suspense novels, will immediately recognize her style and language in Wives and Lovers. (Just yesterday I discussed Vanish in an Instant, another volume in the Syndicate reprint series.) "It was a shoebox of a room, with the ceiling pressed down on it like a lid, and

Margaret Millar’s Wives and Lovers (1954; 2016) 2017-07-24T15:00:28+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

TGIF: In the workplace, on the page (2 of 4)

2015-06-25T13:31:37+00:00

A new Friday fugue, running through this month, considering the ways in which our working lives appear on the pages of novels and short stories. Wasn't I just talking about novels set in bookstores? Yup, in last Friday's post (here). Gabrielle Zevin's book fits perfectly on that shelf. Arsenal

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Kim Thúy’s Mãn (2013)

2015-02-17T12:12:00+00:00

In discussing the different kinds of love which the Vietnamese language distinguishes between, Kim Thúy's Ru lists thích, which means "to love by taste". Random House Canada, 2014 (One may also love without being in love (thuong), love passionately (yêu), love ecstatically (mê), love blindly (mù quáng), or love gratefully (tình nghīa)

Kim Thúy’s Mãn (2013) 2015-02-17T12:12:00+00:00

Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins (2012)

2014-05-13T14:08:31+00:00

Jami Attenberg’s novel is about what we wrap up. The cover of The Middlesteins appears to be a fast-food burger wrapper: quintessentially flavourful but fleeting. Edie’s mother watches Edie’s father’s heart beat beneath the skin of his chest. Edie notices the bones at the top of her chest, poking out like

Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins (2012) 2014-05-13T14:08:31+00:00