Mavis Gallant’s “Grippes and Poche” (1982)


This story is about Henri Grippes (familiar for readers of this collection, from “A Painful Affair” and “A Flying Start”) and O. Poche, who works in the taxation office. But it’s also about novelist Henri Grippes and his imaginings of O. Poche, who will appear in countless fictions. This

Mavis Gallant’s “Grippes and Poche” (1982)2019-07-16T09:13:40-05:00

Globe-trotting, kick-ass heroines: can you get enough?


Ian Hamilton has envisioned his Ava Lee series as a multi-volume work. When he finishes writing one volume, he begins writing the next on the following day. Ironically, the action in the second volume (The Disciple of Las Vegas) actually also picks up on the following day, immediately

Globe-trotting, kick-ass heroines: can you get enough?2014-03-15T20:17:23-05:00

Spinning Ava Lee’s Web


Most readers picking up The Disciple of Las Vegas will have previously met Ava Lee in the first volume of the series, The Water Rat of Wanchai. Nonetheless, one could begin reading the series with this volume. Indeed, in some ways it provides a clearer understanding of some

Spinning Ava Lee’s Web2014-03-15T20:19:24-05:00

Looking for a new heroine? Please, meet Ava Lee


Or perhaps you've already been introduced? I'm a little late to the Spiderline* party. Ava's big-screen deal has already taken shape, but we've only just  met. She has developed quite the reputation since The Water Rat of Wanchai was published last January. When she meets Captain Robbins in Guyana, in

Looking for a new heroine? Please, meet Ava Lee2014-03-15T20:19:59-05:00
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