Mavis Gallant’s “Paola and Renata” (1965)

2017-11-21T15:27:35-05:00

The widow has let her hair go. It is half mahogany and half dull grey. Not only grey, but dull grey. Paola and Renata's listening that summer One has the sense that being a widow might have brought this about. The simple act of inhabiting widowhood. But that

Mavis Gallant’s “Paola and Renata” (1965)2017-11-21T15:27:35-05:00

Steven Price’s By Gaslight (2016)

2016-11-17T16:56:43-05:00

Steven Price began as a poet, so the hype surrounding his new novel, By Gaslight, must have been disconcerting. But that's appropriate, because it is intended to be a disconcerting story. McClelland & Stewart - PRH, 2016 The majority of readers probably won't be interested in either the rumours surrounding

Steven Price’s By Gaslight (2016)2016-11-17T16:56:43-05:00

I Spy with My CanLit Eye: Two Classics

2015-10-28T15:32:01-05:00

Our young separatist narrator is imagining his own future and the future of Quebec, and both man and nation are struggling with matters of expression and independence, in Hubert Aquin's Next Episode (published in 1965, translated by Sheila Fischman in 2001). “I am the fragmented symbol of Quebec’s revolution, its

I Spy with My CanLit Eye: Two Classics2015-10-28T15:32:01-05:00

In the Wake: Books which Suit RIP X

2015-09-18T12:44:13-05:00

In the past, I've made large stacks of creepy reading with the RIP challenges in mind, but I  have a habit of stacking up many lovely possibilities but then choosing different books altogether later on. Perhaps this is partly because books can surprise you and take you in unexpected directions.

In the Wake: Books which Suit RIP X2015-09-18T12:44:13-05:00

Partitions: Neverhome (2014) and Between Clay and Dust (2012)

2017-07-24T15:11:53-05:00

Neverhome is set in the years of the American Civil War and narrated by a fledgling letter-writer. She has survived the conflict and adopted this strange chore of authoring. Little, Brown and Company, 2014 "When I’d eaten up my given share of a day I’d take up my pen

Partitions: Neverhome (2014) and Between Clay and Dust (2012)2017-07-24T15:11:53-05:00
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