Mavis Gallant’s “Saturday”

2019-02-23T19:39:07-05:00

The image of the father in this story, unable to sleep, counting his sons-in-law instead of sheep, makes me smile. The way that he matches his memory of their faces with the litany of names, his uncertainty about the fifth, his debates over which of them is married to

Mavis Gallant’s “Saturday”2019-02-23T19:39:07-05:00

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017)

2017-11-17T17:23:26-05:00

Boundaries and borders, between countries and between stages of life: Andrée A. Michaud's Boundary darts across the dotted lines, back and forth, sedately in one moment and chillingly the next. Because the story revolves around the murders of two young women in the small community of Bondrée, questions of

Andrée A. Michaud’s Boundary (2014; 2017)2017-11-17T17:23:26-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “My Heart is Broken”

2017-08-11T13:53:02-05:00

Of all the Mavis Gallant stories which I've read this year, this one I yearn to discuss. With many of the others, company would be nice, not only to see what other readers might unearth in the layers, but simply for the company because the characters' loneliness and sadness is

Mavis Gallant’s “My Heart is Broken”2017-08-11T13:53:02-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Legacy” (1954)

2017-07-24T18:10:57-05:00

Inheritance: a common literary theme. Here, Mrs. Boldescu has died, leaving behind four grown children and a family grocery shop on St. Eulalie Street in Montreal: “Rumania Fancy Groceries". Small shops in 1935, imagine "Rumania Family Groceries" on the signClick for source details Carol and Georgie are the older brothers, and

Mavis Gallant’s “The Legacy” (1954)2017-07-24T18:10:57-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Wing’s Chips” (1954)

2017-03-26T12:01:48-05:00

This feels like a quintessential Mavis Gallant story: expectations and disappointments swirling around a young girl's form, as she begins to assemble a set of truths about the world. The town in "Wing's Chips" would never make it onto a postcard of Valley-living(Click for source details) Although the setting appears

Mavis Gallant’s “Wing’s Chips” (1954)2017-03-26T12:01:48-05:00
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