Here and Elsewhere: Paris

2020-06-02T08:13:47-05:00

Although it was a challenge to find Kyoto within these four walls (without access to the public library, still in lockdown), it was easy to find Paris for May’s Here and Elsewhere. And if my calendar image looks familiar, it’s because a photograph of the same scene has frequently

Here and Elsewhere: Paris2020-06-02T08:13:47-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Across the Bridge” (1991)

2020-05-19T09:41:12-05:00

Since I began this project of rereading through Mavis Gallant’s stories, in January 2017, I’ve had this story in the back of my mind, unable to place it. I should have suspected it would reside here, in my first Gallant collection. Instead, I had begun to wonder if it

Mavis Gallant’s “Across the Bridge” (1991)2020-05-19T09:41:12-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “A Question of Disposal”

2019-12-03T21:19:41-05:00

In other Mavis Gallant stories, we have met characters whose hold on life is more tenacious than expected. In “The Remission” (1979), for instance. Everyone has made plans with an exit in mind, but nothing goes as expected. And in “The End of the World” (1967), we have a

Mavis Gallant’s “A Question of Disposal”2019-12-03T21:19:41-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Renny’s Daughter (1951)

2018-08-30T17:19:07-05:00

Story-wise, this is the fourteenth volume in the Jalna series, and the house is about a hundred years old. There is time to reflect here, so that when a new character, like Humphrey Bell, is introduced, readers are reminded of all the other characters who have lived in his

Mazo de la Roche’s Renny’s Daughter (1951)2018-08-30T17:19:07-05:00

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
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