Margaret Millar’s The Fiend (1964; 2016)

2017-07-26T13:34:30+00:00

From the outset, The Fiend has a creepy element which readers hadn't yet experienced in the fiction Margaret Millar had published theretofore. "She was about nine. Having watched them all impartially now for two weeks, Charlie had come to like her the best." You're afraid to ask, aren't you: why

Margaret Millar’s The Fiend (1964; 2016) 2017-07-26T13:34:30+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Sunday Afternoon”

2017-07-28T11:21:07+00:00

As in "The Other Paris" and "The Cost of Living", a nineteen-year-old woman's dreams of romance in the city are feathering away in "Sunday Afternoon". Robert Capa Cafe de Flore 1962 "Veronica was a London girl. At first her dreams had been of Paris, but now they were

Mavis Gallant’s “Sunday Afternoon” 2017-07-28T11:21:07+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Moabitess”

2017-07-20T17:54:50+00:00

Miss Horeham seems to have walked straight out of a Barbara Pym novel: an older woman with standards which are disappointed with some regularity. She has lived in this pension for long enough to see families come and go, long enough to recognise the rhythms of the seasons there, and

Mavis Gallant’s “The Moabitess” 2017-07-20T17:54:50+00:00

Margaret Millar’s How Like an Angel (1962)

2017-07-24T15:00:09+00:00

Exploring in the back country of Santa Barbara County California, Margaret Millar discovered a group of abandoned buildings on top of a ridge of the Santa Ynez mountains. The view was incredible: the Pacific Ocean, the Santa Ynez valley, Lake Cachuma, and the San Rafael mountains, along with a main

Margaret Millar’s How Like an Angel (1962) 2017-07-24T15:00:09+00:00

Louise Erdrich’s Four Souls (2004)

2017-05-03T14:18:57+00:00

As with Tracks, the primary voices in Four Souls are Fleur's and Nanapush's. So, although it was published more than ten years later, I opted to read Four Souls next, to keep these characters fresher in mind and heart, hoping for a deeper understanding. Two other women play significant roles

Louise Erdrich’s Four Souls (2004) 2017-05-03T14:18:57+00:00