Québecois Reads: Sealing the Deal


The title of Pasha Malla’s 2015 article in The New Yorker’s Page-Turner says it all: “Too Different and Too Familiar: The Challenge of French-Canadian Literature.” Because it is a challenge to locate French-Canadian literature within the landscape of Canadian Literature, even for those of us who devote a significant

Québecois Reads: Sealing the Deal2019-05-27T18:57:14-05:00

Chinese Girls: In Fiction, In Photos


Bette Bao Lord's In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson (1984) opens when Bandit is living in China in her grandparents' home. She is ten years old (nine in Western birthdays) and she is about to learn that she will be going to live in the United States.

Chinese Girls: In Fiction, In Photos2017-05-18T10:09:14-05:00

Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (2014)


Inherently uncomfortable. Essentially intimate. The relationship between dentist and patient is complex, contradictory. Little Brown & Company, 2014 Most of us view that relationship from the perspective of patient, so Paul O'Rourke's voice has the potential to be illuminating, unique, fresh. In earlier works, Joshua Ferris has vividly inhabited

Joshua Ferris’ To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (2014)2014-07-11T16:06:01-05:00

The Art of Fielding, errrrr Living


"Baseball – what a boring game! One player threw the ball, another caught it, a third held a bat. Everyone else stood around." Chad Harbach's debut novel shares its title with a guide to playing baseball, which includes meditative observations on the art of life itself. It's a

The Art of Fielding, errrrr Living2014-03-15T17:32:46-05:00
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