Mavis Gallant’s “Virus X” (1965)

2019-03-20T09:49:50-05:00

Vera’s sister-in-law sends tins of aspirin in her care packages, always with one pill missing. Nobody knows why, and, at the heart of it, this is what this forty-page-long story is all about. Nah, I’m making a joke. Actually, stealing one. Because it’s Vera who thinks it’s amusing to lend

Mavis Gallant’s “Virus X” (1965)2019-03-20T09:49:50-05:00

Shadow Giller: Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes (2018)

2018-11-25T17:51:46-05:00

Shadow Giller review contents: In Short, a 300-word and spoiler-free summary, intended to have a broad appeal; In Detail, elaborating on one aspect of the book which I found remarkable (perhaps only interesting for others who have read the book or who have an interest more mechanical aspects of

Shadow Giller: Thea Lim’s An Ocean of Minutes (2018)2018-11-25T17:51:46-05:00

Louise Erdrich’s The Master Butchers Singing Club (2003)

2018-08-09T11:07:47-05:00

Unsurprisingly, there is a lot of talk of tissue and blood in this story and simmering beneath. Bodies and carcasses (and not all in the expected places) are salved and slaughtered, vulnerabilities exposed and secrets maintained. The intimacy which I longed for in The Beet Queen (1986) pulses and surges

Louise Erdrich’s The Master Butchers Singing Club (2003)2018-08-09T11:07:47-05:00

Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes (2001)

2018-09-19T16:22:11-05:00

I heard Madeleine Thien read from this collection in 2001 in a small library theatre in London, Ontario; I recall that she was very gracious and spoke of being honoured to appear with the other women who were reading that night. (I heard Joan Barfoot, Bonnie Burnard and Jane

Madeleine Thien’s Simple Recipes (2001)2018-09-19T16:22:11-05:00

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012)

2018-06-20T17:21:57-05:00

“Those assholes again? Nah, he said. So I knew his aunt or Elwin had done it.” Violence permeates Joe’s life. It simmers beneath the surface of every single day. But in The Round House it erupts, nearly eclipses every other aspect of life for awhile. Something happens to his

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (2012)2018-06-20T17:21:57-05:00
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