Mavis Gallant’s “Good Deed” (1969)


As a sharp observer and as a chronicler of wartime and revolutionary foment, there are a lot of good and serious reasons to read Mavis Gallant: she is also wickedly funny. The humour in this story’s title is only accessible to readers after we have finished reading. But nevermind,

Mavis Gallant’s “Good Deed” (1969)2020-02-05T16:05:30-05:00

Margaret Millar’s The Listening Walls (1959; 2016)


Although some of the characters in the Margaret Millar mysteries I have read answer their own phones, many answer other people's phones instead: the telephones of older or more privileged relatives or those of their bosses. There's even a switchboard operator in the mix, along with a woman better known

Margaret Millar’s The Listening Walls (1959; 2016)2017-03-06T16:21:14-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “The Other Paris” (1956)


There is, about an hour's drive from Toronto, a small town called Paris, on the Grand River. I've visited it a couple of times and I have travelled through it, by train, countless times. Rarely, on one of those rail journeys, did I miss that broad curve of the tracks, the

Mavis Gallant’s “The Other Paris” (1956)2019-08-02T18:18:45-05:00

Margaret Millar’s Wives and Lovers (1954; 2016)


Readers familiar with Margaret Millar's suspense novels, will immediately recognize her style and language in Wives and Lovers. (Just yesterday I discussed Vanish in an Instant, another volume in the Syndicate reprint series.) "It was a shoebox of a room, with the ceiling pressed down on it like a lid, and

Margaret Millar’s Wives and Lovers (1954; 2016)2017-07-24T15:00:28-05:00
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