Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars (2020)


Originally inspired by the 1918-2018 centenary of the Spanish Flu, Emma Donoghue began writing this novel in the tradition of her historical novels like Slammerkin and The Wonder. Her author’s note includes this statistic: “The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed more people than the First World War—an estimated 3

Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars (2020)2020-10-22T15:54:37-05:00

The Fold’s 2016 Reading List (Part Three)


The FOLD (The Festival of Literary Diversity) is an annual event, in Brampton (Ontario, Canada) dedicated to telling more stories, to having audiences connect with a wider variety of storytellers. You can check out their lineup of terrific writers and storytellers who were a part of the debut festival in May

The Fold’s 2016 Reading List (Part Three)2017-07-24T14:23:15-05:00

“Before the Change” Alice Munro


The story begins with conflict, the televised debate between Kennedy and Nixon. But "Before the Change" considers other conflicts, closer to home, closer to the heart. "What is that expression? It’s as if he’s got a list of offenses both remembered and anticipated and he’s letting it be known how

“Before the Change” Alice Munro2014-07-11T16:57:23-05:00

“The Love of a Good Woman” Alice Munro


After a lifetime of collecting, Mr. Joseph Herbert Neill sold 1,000 objects to the county on the condition that they open a museum and appoint him curator. This is the story I imagine lurking behind the Walley museum in the opening paragraphs of "The Love of a Good Woman", behind D.M.

“The Love of a Good Woman” Alice Munro2014-07-11T17:04:03-05:00

Mary-Rose MacColl’s In Falling Snow (2012)


It begins with a short but vividly drawn scene: two lovers alone in a room in Paris in 1917. Sensorily rich and broadly sketched: the reader is immediately engaged. Not only by the substance, but by a couple of unexpected phrases therein: questions arise. Those questions are soon set aside

Mary-Rose MacColl’s In Falling Snow (2012)2014-05-13T14:14:36-05:00
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