“Deep-Holes” Alice Munro


So many of the risks in "Deep-Holes" are either averted or declared meaningless. "Sally packed devilled eggs—something she hated to take on a picnic, because they were so messy." Nobody ate the devilled eggs anyway, so it didn't matter how messy they were. "Ham sandwiches, crab salad, lemon tarts—also a

“Deep-Holes” Alice Munro2017-07-25T11:22:19-05:00

Dominique Fortier’s Wonder (2010; Trans. 2014)


The appeal of reading a book like Dominique Fortier’s Wonder swells and radiates as pages turn. McClelland & Stewart, 2014 The story begins (like Dennison Smith’s The Eye of the Day, another of my favourite books in this reading year) with a proverbial bang. But despite the eruption

Dominique Fortier’s Wonder (2010; Trans. 2014)2014-05-13T11:30:44-05:00

“Rich as Stink” Alice Munro


In "Save the Reaper" and "The Children Stay" readers are directed to wonder what young children remember of their parents' shenanigans, but in this story readers inhabit Karin's perspective. Karin is certainly old enough to actively observe and contemplate the events unfolding around her (although from a girl's perspective, so

“Rich as Stink” Alice Munro2014-07-11T16:57:30-05:00
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