In Other Reading

2018-12-03T17:18:46-05:00

Much of September and October were occupied by reading books which appeared on prizelists and a few which I thought might appear there. Most of these I’ve already discussed (a quick way to locate them is through my Autumn 2018 Prizelists and Events page, which collects the relevant posts

In Other Reading2018-12-03T17:18:46-05:00

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

A Trio of Louise Erdrich Novels

2018-11-06T15:18:06-05:00

Talk of The Painted Drum (2005), The Plague of Doves (2008) and Shadow Tag (2010) in under 300 words each, with an eye to finishing a project. The Painted Drum is one of Erdrich’s accessible novels (I also recommend The Last Miracles at Little No Horse and The Master Butchers Singing

A Trio of Louise Erdrich Novels2018-11-06T15:18:06-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Remission” (1979)

2018-11-17T17:23:59-05:00

Here, Eric inhabits a room like Carmela’s in “The Four Seasons”, in the Unwins’ home: the kind “assigned to someone’s hapless, helpless paid companions, who would have marvelled at the thought of its lending shelter to a dying man”. And Eric is dying, like the father in “The End

Mavis Gallant’s “The Remission” (1979)2018-11-17T17:23:59-05:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Return to Jalna (1956)

2018-08-16T16:16:01-05:00

It’s been sixteen years since the matriarch Adeline died and her namesake is both daring enough to strip down and swim in a pool and old enough to catch the eye of a male cousin (who is perhaps a little over-interested in her bathing). But overall, Mazo de la

Mazo de la Roche’s Return to Jalna (1956)2018-08-16T16:16:01-05:00