Lisa Moore’s Flannery (2016)

2020-07-29T09:30:35-05:00

Lisa Moore builds folks from the ink up: she is standout at characterization. Groundwood Books, 2016 One of the elements that makes her characters so convincing is the echo effect, the reverberations off seemingly extraneous details (in images, in descriptions, in settings) to construct multi-faceted individuals. Readers who have

Lisa Moore’s Flannery (2016)2020-07-29T09:30:35-05:00

Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook (2016)

2017-07-24T15:23:15-05:00

It's clear from the beginning: one might long for escape from this narrative, might opt for a bloody end rather than endure more misery. House of Anansi, 2016 "No one but a fool could look so happy in a miserable house, could they? The mice here probably throw

Janet Ellis’ The Butcher’s Hook (2016)2017-07-24T15:23:15-05:00

“The Bear Came Over the Mountain” Alice Munro

2015-02-23T10:24:21-05:00

A good ways into the story, readers meet this proclamation: "You never quite knew how such things would turn out. You almost knew, but you could never be sure." It is perhaps as true about "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" as it is about Grant's predictions about his relationships

“The Bear Came Over the Mountain” Alice Munro2015-02-23T10:24:21-05:00

“Comfort” Alice Munro

2015-02-23T10:07:50-05:00

While Nina was playing tennis, Lewis was killing himself. Readers learn this at the outset. Nina played; Lewis died. Back and forth across the net, Nina volleyed and returned serves; Lewis plunged downward into first unconsciousness, then... Into, what? As a science teacher, who insisted that evolution be taught in classrooms

“Comfort” Alice Munro2015-02-23T10:07:50-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Spring 2014

2020-09-16T15:56:42-05:00

In collection reading, since Quarterly Stories: Winter 2013 I've read Susie Moloney's Things Withered, the latest installment of the Alice Munro reading project, B.J. Novak's One More Thing, and the most recent volume of Journey Prize stories.  But mostly I've been dipping into single stories in recent months. Partly this was inspired by random samplings of the latest ReLit

Quarterly Stories: Spring 20142020-09-16T15:56:42-05:00
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