Marie-Claire Blais, Reading for the #1965Club


If you are reading this post because you are part of the #1965Club, and you haven’t heard of Marie-Claire Blais, you are about to wonder how that can be true. (And if you also haven't heard of #1965Club, please visit Karen's and Simon's sites to learn more.)  Blais has published

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Mavis Gallant’s “The Doctor” (1977)


We are meant to take Linnet’s observations about this 1891 painting, how it was admired and embraced into so many homes, as an indication of the impact that Dr. Chauchard had on her family’s life. “The parable is set in a spotless cottage; the child’s bed, composed of three chairs,

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Mavis Gallant’s “Voices Lost in Snow” (1976)


You might remember that, back when we met Linnet Muir, four stories ago, she explained her particular kind of aloneness. unsplash-logoCris DiNoto This story travels back in time further than the previous three and creates a deeper understanding of her state of being. Even in childhood, Linnet was alone. Even

Mavis Gallant’s “Voices Lost in Snow” (1976)2019-04-09T12:16:49-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Varieties of Exile” (1976)


The thing about reading the third Linnet Muir story is that I know her now. At least, I feel like I do. Which is the deep appeal of a linked collection, the sense of gradual immersion. It’s the same phenomenon that pulls you back to a familiar series, a fledgling

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Mavis Gallant’s “Between Zero and One” (1975)


All the questions that Linnet poses at the end of this story? I wonder about them straight away. “How do you stand if you stand upon Zero? What will the passage be like between Zero and One? And what will happen at One? Yes, what will happen?” Straight away, straight

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