Mavis Gallant’s “The Accident” (1967)

2018-08-14T18:29:52+00:00

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+00:00

Thomas King’s Dreadfulwater Mysteries (Books 1 – 3)

2018-07-23T18:33:56+00:00

Thumps Dreadfulwater. That’s his Indian name. No, wait, that’s his actual name. Which is when you know that you are not, actually, in Chinook, where Thumps Dreadfulwater solves cases. You are in Thomas King country. Readers of King’s An Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North

Thomas King’s Dreadfulwater Mysteries (Books 1 – 3) 2018-07-23T18:33:56+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The End of the World” (1967)

2018-08-08T11:10:25+00:00

It’s a hot and overcast August morning, too early for the neighbourhood to have awakened. On another morning it might seem peaceful; this morning it feels abandoned. The grass in the park next door is patchy and dry, even though the humidity is high and a woman with two

Mavis Gallant’s “The End of the World” (1967) 2018-08-08T11:10:25+00:00

Thomas King’s Coyote Stories

2018-07-23T18:33:23+00:00

I was just mentioning Coyote stories a couple of months ago, in my Spring Quarterly round-up of short fiction. But these illustrated coyote stories are inviting for both younger and older readers. Two of the tales are illustrated by Johnny Wales, full-sized and full-colour (and mostly double-spread) illustrations,

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Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoaks of Jalna (1929)

2018-07-10T18:26:23+00:00

The second book published in the series naturally focuses on Alayne, who was introduced as an independent young woman, who left her New York publishing career behind when she fell in love with one of the Whiteoak boys, in the series’ first volume, Jalna (published in 1927). Viewing the

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoaks of Jalna (1929) 2018-07-10T18:26:23+00:00