Mavis Gallant’s “The Accident” (1967)


It’s as if Billy, from “The End of the World”, had heard the tragic story of Shirley and Pete Higgins and used it to justify his reluctance to leave Canada. Unlike Billy, Shirley and Pete were thrilled to honeymoon in Europe, thrilled by all the ordinary things made extraordinary

Mavis Gallant’s “The Accident” (1967)2018-08-14T18:29:52-05:00

In My Reading Log, Summer 2017


In which there is talk of novels which were read too quickly to allow for extensive note-taking and snapshots: good reading. Yewande Omotoso's The Woman Next Door (2017) Longlisted for the Women's Fiction Prize this year, this story about two women in their eighties, neighbours in South Africa, is quietly

In My Reading Log, Summer 20172017-09-20T10:23:01-05:00

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here


Having stories narrated by - or assembled via - a number of voices is a popular way of  world-building. Each of the following books plays with this technique, allowing different perspectives to combine and create a more credible space for readers to inhabit. Just as in Meg Wolitzer's The Position, the matriarch

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here2017-07-24T14:21:27-05:00

The Fourth Nina Borg Mystery: The Considerate Killer


“'What the hell makes you think,' she said, in her most glacial voice, 'that I am anybody’s victim?'” Soho Press, 2016 Nina's question, in an earlier volume of the series, is ironic in this context: The Considerate Killer begins with two blows to the back of Nina's head

The Fourth Nina Borg Mystery: The Considerate Killer2016-07-21T11:58:13-05:00
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