Mavis Gallant’s “Good Deed” (1969)


As a sharp observer and as a chronicler of wartime and revolutionary foment, there are a lot of good and serious reasons to read Mavis Gallant: she is also wickedly funny. The humour in this story’s title is only accessible to readers after we have finished reading. But nevermind,

Mavis Gallant’s “Good Deed” (1969)2020-02-05T16:05:30-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Prodigal Parent” (1969)


Like the sand dollar that Rhoda’s father slips into his pocket, this is a gritty story. Her sister Joanne repatriated their father, with an air passage to back the claim, and now he has come to live with Joanne. “Then waja come here for?” “Because Regan sent me on

Mavis Gallant’s “The Prodigal Parent” (1969)2018-08-27T09:11:40-05:00

Beyond I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)


The first volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography begins with Marguerite arriving in Stamps, Arkansas, at three years old, with her brother, Bailey, one year older, in the care of Miss. Annie Henderson, their grandmother ("Momma"). It moves from the store to the churchyard, from hymn-singing to beatings. It crosses time and space fluidly.

Beyond I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)2018-03-22T11:23:49-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Wedding Ring” (1969)


In “Madeline’s Birthday”, Madeline was sent to the Tracy family’s summer home: her divorced parents are elsewhere, living Madeline-free lives. “The Wedding Ring” tells a similar story, but from the daughter’s perspective: a first-person chronicle of the only child of a happily-divorced couple. The story begins quietly, as though

Mavis Gallant’s “The Wedding Ring” (1969)2018-01-29T15:25:08-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Rejection” (1969)


Mavis Gallant's childhood was not entirely happy. She was not loved as she needed to be loved. It was a painful time. It is difficult to set that awareness aside in reading "The Rejection", even though the story makes it difficult to determine who has been rejected and who

Mavis Gallant’s “The Rejection” (1969)2018-01-17T11:56:04-05:00
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