Mavis Gallant’s “Malcolm and Bea” (1968)

2018-03-05T15:06:08+00:00

They are no longer only thieves and rascals: “All men are filth.” Bea is perhaps no more unhappy than Marian Kimber, but she is more outwardly disgruntled. And even though she says this with a laugh, there’s an undeniable edge to it. “My mother was a saint and my

Mavis Gallant’s “Malcolm and Bea” (1968) 2018-03-05T15:06:08+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Treading Water” (1982)

2018-02-26T11:37:30+00:00

Fans of E.M. Delafield’s Provincial Lady’s diaries will find many chuckles in this very short excerpt from the imagined diary kept by composer Richard Wagner’s mistress (who became his wife seven years after their relationship began). The story is subtitled “More Sturm und Drang from Cosima Wagner’s Diaries” and

Mavis Gallant’s “Treading Water” (1982) 2018-02-26T11:37:30+00:00

Louise Erdrich’s The Beet Queen (1985)

2018-01-17T15:28:33+00:00

The longer the books in the Love Medicine cycle, the harder it is to recall that Louise Erdrich began with short fiction, stories which linked, interconnected, taking their own time to draw in their circles before spiralling outward once more. Tracks and Four Souls were slim volumes, but readers

Louise Erdrich’s The Beet Queen (1985) 2018-01-17T15:28:33+00:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Thieves and Rascals” (1956)

2018-02-06T14:51:31+00:00

Not his daughter. Not Joyce. Charles Kimber didn’t think she had it in her. But the headmistress has written to say that sixteen-year-old Joyce vanished from St. Hilda’s School and spent the weekend in Albany in a hotel with a young man. A young man from a good family

Mavis Gallant’s “Thieves and Rascals” (1956) 2018-02-06T14:51:31+00:00

Catherine Hernandez’s Scarborough (2017)

2017-10-24T10:54:35+00:00

To begin with, young Laura is rushed into packing her things into plastic bags. Just a few pages later, Sylvie is thrust into "double-time walking" with her mom. Either of these girls could be the "in-motion" girl on the cover of Catherine Hernandez's Scarborough. But they are only two

Catherine Hernandez’s Scarborough (2017) 2017-10-24T10:54:35+00:00