Mavis Gallant’s “April Fish” (1968)


In the previous story, we have Harold’s mother reminiscing about her earlier trips to the mountains, when it was just her and her husband, Harold’s father. She observes that it was one thing to think of skiing down the slopes into town when she was a young woman; now

Mavis Gallant’s “April Fish” (1968)2020-01-29T10:49:53-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “Irina” (1974)


We mean it kindly, when we say that a short story contains a novel. For many of us are novel-lovers, first or only, and, so, this seems a high compliment. What we are observing is how quickly an author can beckon us into the heart of a character, how

Mavis Gallant’s “Irina” (1974)2020-06-02T12:00:51-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Summer 2018


Danticat, Farnsworth, Gallant, Hunter, Li and Quade Short Stories in April, May and June Whether in a dedicated collection or a magazine, these stories capture a variety of reading moods. This quarter, I returned to three familiar writers and also explored three new-to-me story writers. Just

Quarterly Stories: Summer 20182018-07-10T17:50:21-05:00

Mavis Gallant’s “An Autobiography”


“I served coffee in cups with Liberté and Patrie and a green-and-white shield of the Vaud on them. The parents of a pupil had bought them in Montreux for me once." Erika is a school-teacher, in a village a half-day's train ride from Montreux, Switzerland. She teaches girls elementary

Mavis Gallant’s “An Autobiography”2018-05-15T10:53:52-05:00
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