Shadow Giller: Steven Price’s Lampedusa (2019)


There is a line in Steven Price’s 2016 novel, By Gaslight, which seems to suit his new novel generally: “Everything is about the dead.” And another which seems even more appropriate: “The truth that is found in a story is a different kind of truth, but it is not

Shadow Giller: Steven Price’s Lampedusa (2019)2021-01-19T12:46:48-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “In Italy”


He’s middle-aged and the father of a grown woman the same age: no wonder Stella thought Henry was a catch, a great romance. Really? A catch? Did Stella really think so? And, even if she did, at one time, once she met his daughter, Peggy, in person, did Stella

Mavis Gallant’s “In Italy”2019-11-01T15:16:13-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Moslem Wife”


So many of Mavis Gallant’s characters inhabit between spaces. Netta, too. Which is strange, because so many of Mavis Gallant’s other itinerant women are staying in hotels, but Netta is running one. And she is just as between as the rest of them. Once she said yes and, then,

Mavis Gallant’s “The Moslem Wife”2018-11-07T19:11:06-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Four Seasons” (1975)


Today marks the launch of another Mavis Gallant short story collection): From the Fifteenth District. (Apologies for the double-post, but both Mavis Gallant and Margaret Atwood were scheduled to appear today: what a power-house duo!) The first story in this collection is billed as a novella, which is curious

Mavis Gallant’s “The Four Seasons” (1975)2018-11-01T09:14:21-05:00

Mark Anthony Jarman’s Knife Party at the Hotel Europa (2015)


A book-length demonstration of propulsive prose. This is the word that I wrote in capital letters, in the margins of my reading diary about Mark Anthony Jarman's Knife Party at the Hotel Europa (2015), but then I wondered if I had subconsciously (deliberately, even!) lifted it from the cover. It sounds like

Mark Anthony Jarman’s Knife Party at the Hotel Europa (2015)2015-06-25T08:56:40-05:00
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