Anne Simpson’s Speechless (2020)

2020-10-19T11:04:37-05:00

Best known as a poet, Anne Simpson has also published two novels prior to Speechless: her debut, Canterbury Beach (2001), and her follow-up, Falling (2008). This new book shifts to an overtly global focus and beckons to a broader readership. “A Hausa girl in Paiko, Niger State – Thomas

Anne Simpson’s Speechless (2020)2020-10-19T11:04:37-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Autumn 2020

2020-10-07T14:43:38-05:00

Gallant, Gould, Jolley, Kenan, Proulx, and Walker Short Stories in July, August, and September Whether in a dedicated collection or a magazine, these stories capture a variety of reading moods. This quarter, I returned to four favourite writers and also explored two new-to-me story writers.

Quarterly Stories: Autumn 20202020-10-07T14:43:38-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Remission” (1979)

2018-11-17T17:23:59-05:00

Here, Eric inhabits a room like Carmela’s in “The Four Seasons”, in the Unwins’ home: the kind “assigned to someone’s hapless, helpless paid companions, who would have marvelled at the thought of its lending shelter to a dying man”. And Eric is dying, like the father in “The End

Mavis Gallant’s “The Remission” (1979)2018-11-17T17:23:59-05:00

The Irish Family: Kate O’Brien, Anakana Schofield, and Lisa McInerney

2017-09-18T10:58:03-05:00

These are the kinds of stories which expose the imperfections which lie beneath a carefully smoothed comforter. Honest characterization is key, Lisa McInerney explains to Marie Gethins,: "There is absolutely no element or aspect of their characters’ lives a writer should shy away from presenting, no matter how unpleasant.

The Irish Family: Kate O’Brien, Anakana Schofield, and Lisa McInerney2017-09-18T10:58:03-05:00

In My Reading Log, Summer 2017

2017-09-20T10:23:01-05:00

In which there is talk of novels which were read too quickly to allow for extensive note-taking and snapshots: good reading. Yewande Omotoso's The Woman Next Door (2017) Longlisted for the Women's Fiction Prize this year, this story about two women in their eighties, neighbours in South Africa, is quietly

In My Reading Log, Summer 20172017-09-20T10:23:01-05:00
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