Mavis Gallant’s “The Rejection” (1969)

2018-01-17T11:56:04+00:00

Mavis Gallant's childhood was not entirely happy. She was not loved as she needed to be loved. It was a painful time. It is difficult to set that awareness aside in reading "The Rejection", even though the story makes it difficult to determine who has been rejected and who

Mavis Gallant’s “The Rejection” (1969) 2018-01-17T11:56:04+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Going Ashore” (1954)

2017-03-26T10:37:34+00:00

For the first time, twelve-year-old Emma Ellinger feels truly connected to her mother. They are finally “doing something together, alone, with no man, no Uncle Anyone, to interfere". Tangier, Moracco 1887 Click for source data It's true that the cruise hasn't gone entirely as planned; they have packed the

Mavis Gallant’s “Going Ashore” (1954) 2017-03-26T10:37:34+00:00

Reading Louise Erdrich: At Last

2017-09-15T08:38:16+00:00

For years, vaguely since I collected The Bingo Palace with a university course in mind (but there was never enough time to read all the books I planned to read for papers) and intensely since falling in love with The Last Miracle at Little No Horse, I've wanted to go

Reading Louise Erdrich: At Last 2017-09-15T08:38:16+00:00

November 2016, In My Reading Log

2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

In the wake of my IFOA reading list and the literary prizelists of the season, my November reading felt relatively whimsical. Without duedates attached to the majority of my reading, it was a pleasure to slip into volumes which had sat untouched in recent weeks. Each of these three volumes covers,

November 2016, In My Reading Log 2016-12-01T16:53:02+00:00

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here

2017-07-24T14:21:27+00:00

Having stories narrated by - or assembled via - a number of voices is a popular way of  world-building. Each of the following books plays with this technique, allowing different perspectives to combine and create a more credible space for readers to inhabit. Just as in Meg Wolitzer's The Position, the matriarch

The Inseparables, Tobacco Wars, I’m Still Here 2017-07-24T14:21:27+00:00