Mavis Gallant’s “Kingdom Come”


If only Dr. Dominic Missierna could arrange for a weekly dinner with Charles Filandreux (from “Siegfried’s Memoirs” in Coming Ashore) and Henri Grippes (from “A Painful Affair” in Overhead in a Balloom). Every year weighs heavily on these men, even though the time seems to have passed too quickly

Mavis Gallant’s “Kingdom Come”2020-05-08T15:00:10-05:00

What Makes Families Tick


The family stories in contemporary CanLit are not all that different from the stories and novels read by my grandmother’s generation. The women in my family did not read obsessively, no, but regularly, yes. What else was there to do in the evenings when your favourite show was in reruns

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Mazo de la Roche’s Centenary at Jalna (1958)


There have been many Christmases in Mazo de la Roche’s novels, too: not quite a hundred, but several. “Ninety-nine Christmases had been celebrated at Jalna. In its first Christmas Philip and Adeline Whiteoak had been young people and their three children infants. Now all those five were in their

Mazo de la Roche’s Centenary at Jalna (1958)2018-09-12T11:42:13-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Harvest (1936)


“I dare say old Red-head will be delighted. If there is one thing above another that pleases him it is an addition to the clan.” That’s Renny and, it’s true, his heart beats for Jalna, which is where the Whiteoaks are. But he has standards. He’s not about the

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Harvest (1936)2018-07-31T13:46:21-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “O Lasting Peace”


After William Maxwell retired from The New Yorker, he reread all the stories by the authors he had published; after rereading Mavis Gallant’s “The Pegnitz Junction”, he wrote her to apologize for not having published it in full. "'He wrote 'my mind must have been out for lunch.' What

Mavis Gallant’s “O Lasting Peace”2018-08-03T10:34:34-05:00
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