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Quarterly Stories: Spring 2019


Murakami, Boyle, Oz, Babitz, Cather and Adjei-Brenyah Short Stories in January, February and March Whether in a dedicated collection or a magazine, these stories capture a variety of reading moods. This quarter, I returned to two familiar writers and also explored four new-to-me story writers.

Quarterly Stories: Spring 20192019-04-04T19:01:18-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Between Zero and One” (1975)


All the questions that Linnet poses at the end of this story? I wonder about them straight away. “How do you stand if you stand upon Zero? What will the passage be like between Zero and One? And what will happen at One? Yes, what will happen?” Straight away, straight

Mavis Gallant’s “Between Zero and One” (1975)2019-04-01T15:30:14-05:00

Khanh Ha’s Mrs. Rossi’s Dream (2019)


Khanh Ha’s third novel, Mrs. Rossi’s Dream (The Permanent Press, 2019) is an ideal companion to Flesh (2012) and The Demon Who Peddled Longing (2014). The reader’s guide is Lê Giang: the story begins and ends with him, in 1987, when he is living in a coastal town in the

Khanh Ha’s Mrs. Rossi’s Dream (2019)2019-03-26T11:30:39-05:00

Whitney Scharer’s The Age of Light (2019)


When Whitney Scharer describes her goal in writing The Age of Light, I’m all in. She wants “to present Lee as the complicated woman she was: beautiful and talented, of course, but also flawed and fragile, and it was more important to me to get this right than to

Whitney Scharer’s The Age of Light (2019)2019-03-29T12:44:42-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “In Youth Is Pleasure” (1975)


What we know, from the beginning, is that Linnet Muir is alone. "My father died, then my grandmother; my mother was left, but we did not get on." She concedes her role in this situation. She was probably disagreeable. "I was probably disagreeable with anyone who felt entitled to give

Mavis Gallant’s “In Youth Is Pleasure” (1975)2019-03-26T11:31:18-05:00