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

2019-07-16T09:13:40-05:00

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

Mavis Gallant’s “A Flying Start” (1982)

2019-07-09T13:05:04-05:00

“All raise hands, please, who remember Rosalia. (Camera on studio smiles.)” You remember Rosalia, right? We met her in “A Painful Affair”, this collection’s fourth story: the dedicated servant of Miss Mary Margaret Pugh. Miss Pugh’s artistic patronage is not-yet-transpired in “Larry” (Larry is her half-brother), it’s an already-transpired-fact

Mavis Gallant’s “A Flying Start” (1982)2019-07-09T13:05:04-05:00

Thirteen Canadian Books via The Book Mine Set

2019-06-28T15:31:09-05:00

The Canadian Book Challenge was one of the first community reading events/challenges that I joined online. For ten years it was hosted by The Book Mine Set, then The Indextrious Reader hosted for the past two years and, now, the baton has been passed to Canadian Bookworm, who will

Thirteen Canadian Books via The Book Mine Set2019-06-28T15:31:09-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Summer 2019

2019-06-25T15:17:11-05:00

Taraghi, Levy, Hébert, Gallant and King Short Stories in April, May and June Whether in a dedicated collection or a magazine, these stories capture a variety of reading moods. This quarter, I returned to three favourite writers and also explored two new-to-me story writers.

Quarterly Stories: Summer 20192019-06-25T15:17:11-05:00

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

2019-06-26T15:53:21-05:00

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