Mavis Gallant’s “An Emergency Case”

2019-11-04T20:24:27-05:00

Some might be surprised that Mavis Gallant gets children, that she can as easily climb inside their view on the world as she does. I'm thinking about stories like About Geneva and The Rejection. But these children feel apart from the others around them, as though their relationships with

Mavis Gallant’s “An Emergency Case”2019-11-04T20:24:27-05:00

On Everything Everything and Everything Feels like the Movies

2016-06-10T08:41:42-05:00

Everything: isn’t that what readers look for in a book? Many authors think so. PRH - Doubleday Canada, 2015 One suggests that Everything Leads to You. Another insists that Everything Was Goodbye. (Nina LaCour and Gurjinder Basran) One begs Tell Me Everything, while another is concerned with Everything

On Everything Everything and Everything Feels like the Movies2016-06-10T08:41:42-05:00

John Bart’s Middenrammers (2016)

2016-06-04T15:04:07-05:00

Although Middenrammers is set in 1970s England, it is not the England of English literature which Helene Hanff discovered in 84 Charing Cross Road. Freehand Books, 2016 Nonetheless, the hospital which lies at the heart of the story does have a familiar air to it, for narrator and reader

John Bart’s Middenrammers (2016)2016-06-04T15:04:07-05:00

How Much Happiness, Really

2017-07-25T11:20:32-05:00

Is it too much? Or, just enough. What am I to make of this final story in my Alice Munro reading project. (I read her last collection, Dear Life, in 2012.) While rereading Too Much Happiness, I was constantly aware of the references to being happy, to happiness, in the

How Much Happiness, Really2017-07-25T11:20:32-05:00

In the Balance: Will Starling and Punishment

2015-01-27T17:31:50-05:00

Crimes of the past lurk beneath the stories in Ian Weir's Will Starling and Linden MacIntyre's Punishment and the main characters lurch towards and stumble into confrontations and altercations with life-long repercussions. Goose Lane Editions, 2014 These are both dark tales, but Ian Weir's novel is literally and figuratively so: "And

In the Balance: Will Starling and Punishment2015-01-27T17:31:50-05:00
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