Perhaps, like many of us, Alice Munro has read and fully inhabited a story filled with wonders only to be cheated with the last-line revelation that the guts of that story were nothing but a dream.
In contrast, “My Mother’s Dream” subverts that expectation and begins with the dream, before shifting into reality.
But the [...]
The story begins with conflict, the televised debate between Kennedy and Nixon. But “Before the Change” considers other conflicts, closer to home, closer to the heart.
“What is that expression? It’s as if he’s got a list of offenses both remembered and anticipated and he’s letting it be known how his patience can [...]
In “Save the Reaper” and “The Children Stay” readers are directed to wonder what young children remember of their parents’ shenanigans, but in this story readers inhabit Karin’s perspective.
Karin is certainly old enough to actively observe and contemplate the events unfolding around her (although from a girl’s perspective, so although she is maturing, [...]
As with the earlier stories in this collection, readers are cast back in time: by thirty years in “The Children Stay”.
Readers find themselves on the east coast of the Island, Vancouver Island, but the exact location of the cottage is reminiscent of the way in which the Maitland River flows into the Goderich harbour, [...]
“Daisy was barely three and could not understand what was going on.”
Because there is something going on. Something that Daisy, at three years old, could not understand.
This is where the story begins, from a future vantage point, when 60-something Eve is looking back at the afternoon in which something happened.
Eve is re-constructing [...]
One wonders if the “little bride” would have sat with the Monicas on the beach in “Jakarta”. Would she, in the eyes of Kath and Sonje, inhabit the model of femininity that the Monicas represent? Or would they encourage her to join them behind the logs?
McClelland & Stewart, 1998
I think they would [...]
“Give her a room of her own and five hundred a year, let her speak her mind and leave out half that she now puts in, and she will write a better book one of these days.” So said Virginia Woolf.
McClelland & Stewart, 1998
And although Kath and Sonje are not writing books [...]
Later last year, I was invited to participate in a conversation between a number of readers who enjoy short fiction: Steven W. Beattie, Alessandra Ferreri, Andrew Wilmot, Chad Pelley and Steph VanderMeulen.
The conversation appears here, if you’d like to check it out, but what you won’t see at Found Press is the mad erruption of scribbling that erupted in [...]
My last short story post was in Autumn 2013 and focussed on recently published collections (Rosemary Nixon’s Are You Ready to be Lucky? Elisabeth de Mariaffi’s How to Get Along with Women, and Shaena Lambert’s Oh, My Darling).
Cormorant Books, 2000
In recent weeks I have been dabbling in some volumes on my shelves, so the short story reading has [...]
Although the Journey Prize is now synonymous with the idea of quality short fiction in Canada, not everyone realizes that the prize was established out of James Michener’s donation of his royalty earnings from his 1988 novel Journey.
Michener’s novel was set partly in northwestern Canada, but the stories in this year’s Journey Prize [...]