Life Stories: Facts, Fictions and Facty-Fictions

2018-06-21T08:10:25+00:00

This bundle of books, with the Canadian Reading Challenge in mind (this, the eleventh year, hosted by The Indextrious Reader, with sign-ups for the twelfth year now posted), was particularly delectable. I love the idea of telling the story of a life in a way that feels true, whether

Life Stories: Facts, Fictions and Facty-Fictions 2018-06-21T08:10:25+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “An Alien Flower”

2018-06-04T15:00:35+00:00

Not one of them. Really? Not the woman vacationing with her lover? Or the young worker about to go home for Christmas Eve? Not the mother of teenagers choosing their eclairs? Or the young botany teacher who learned about plants from her father? Not the old friend who recites

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Mavis Gallant’s “O Lasting Peace”

2018-05-29T10:40:31+00:00

After William Maxwell retired from The New Yorker, he reread all the stories by the authors he had published; after rereading Mavis Gallant’s “The Pegnitz Junction”, he wrote her to apologize for not having published it in full. "'He wrote 'my mind must have been out for lunch.' What

Mavis Gallant’s “O Lasting Peace” 2018-05-29T10:40:31+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Ernst in Civilian Clothes”

2018-05-22T10:16:57+00:00

"It is an attested fact that he was born in Mainz. Mainz is a place he passed through once, in a locked freight car when he was being transported through France with a convoy of prisoners." Willi and Ernst were prisoners of war together and in "Willi", Mavis Gallant's

Mavis Gallant’s “Ernst in Civilian Clothes” 2018-05-22T10:16:57+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “An Autobiography”

2018-05-15T10:53:52+00:00

“I served coffee in cups with Liberté and Patrie and a green-and-white shield of the Vaud on them. The parents of a pupil had bought them in Montreux for me once." Erika is a school-teacher, in a village a half-day's train ride from Montreux, Switzerland. She teaches girls elementary

Mavis Gallant’s “An Autobiography” 2018-05-15T10:53:52+00:00