Mavis Gallant’s “Let It Pass”

2020-09-21T11:42:06-05:00

What I know now, that I didn’t know when I started to read my final three Gallant works in Montreal Stories is that “Let It Pass”, “In a War”, and “The Concert Party” are a sequence of stories. When I had a half hour to read on a weekend

Mavis Gallant’s “Let It Pass”2020-09-21T11:42:06-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Florida”

2020-04-21T11:43:39-05:00

This is the shortest in the cycle of Carette family stories, available to read online, with a short introduction by Lynne Tillman, on the Center for Fiction’s website. It’s one of their “model stories”—for good reason. It’s concise, yet still manages to highlight so many of Gallant’s trademarks: acute

Mavis Gallant’s “Florida”2020-04-21T11:43:39-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “From Cloud to Cloud” (1985)

2020-04-21T10:00:32-05:00

Having published one hundred and sixteen stories in The New Yorker, Mavis Gallant’s regular readers would have had to wait from April 15 until July 8 in 1985, to learn how life has been for the Carette sisters. The story opens like this: “The family’s experience of Raymond was

Mavis Gallant’s “From Cloud to Cloud” (1985)2020-04-21T10:00:32-05:00

Marie-Claire Blais, Reading for the #1965Club

2019-04-29T09:17:10-05:00

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

Marie-Claire Blais, Reading for the #1965Club2019-04-29T09:17:10-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Doctor” (1977)

2019-04-09T12:32:33-05:00

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,

Mavis Gallant’s “The Doctor” (1977)2019-04-09T12:32:33-05:00
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