Mavis Gallant’s “A Painful Affair” (1981)


As soon as I met Henri Grippes, I felt like I knew him. He reminded me of Charles Filandreux in “Siegfried’s Memoirs” (in Coming Ashore). Filandreux is a writer, all tied up in knots at the idea of writing a review he “would undoubtedly be requested to write”. Except

Mavis Gallant’s “A Painful Affair” (1981)2019-06-26T15:53:21-05:00

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 “La Vie Parisienne” (1981)


"My name is Renée. I am fifty-four years old. For twenty-seven years I have been the concierge at number 7, rue de Grenelle, a fine hôtel particulier with a courtyard and private gardens, divided into eight luxury apartments …" In Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog, readers cosy up

Mavis Gallant’s “La Vie Parisienne” (1981)2017-12-18T19:56:12-05:00

My mini-Canlit-read-a-thon on Canada Day, 2014 (I)


Sometimes a stack of reading goes stale. For no good reason. You know what I mean. Maybe you're just bored with the covers. Or you've been teasing the books along with a page here and there, when they needed some quality one-on-one time. That's where I was with my stack,

My mini-Canlit-read-a-thon on Canada Day, 2014 (I)2014-08-15T06:53:27-05:00

BHM: Alice Walker


You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down is Alice Walker's second collection of stories. It was published seven years after Walker published "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston" in Ms Magazine. (Walker, with Charlotte D. Hunt, had finally found Hurston's unmarked grave and marked it with a modest

BHM: Alice Walker2014-03-15T19:14:40-05:00
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