Mavis Gallant’s “The Pegnitz Junction”

2018-05-15T09:41:01-05:00

“'Once there we are almost home. Pegnitz is a junction. Trains go through every few minutes, in all directions. In most directions,' he corrected." Herbert is careful to be exact when he's speaking to his young son, Little Bert, who believes every word his father says. Later when Herbert

Mavis Gallant’s “The Pegnitz Junction”2018-05-15T09:41:01-05:00

Louise Erdrich’s The Beet Queen (1985)

2018-01-17T15:28:33-05:00

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)2018-01-17T15:28:33-05:00

Where the Girls Went: Three Novels

2016-05-27T13:24:16-05:00

Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and, most recently, The Widow: girls make for good pageturners. But Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Fiona Barton are looking to tell different kinds of stories about girls. In a BookPage interview, Gillian Flynn tries to explain why Gone Girl captured "the popular

Where the Girls Went: Three Novels2016-05-27T13:24:16-05:00

How Much Happiness, Really

2017-07-25T11:20:32-05:00

Is it too much? Or, just enough. What am I to make of this final story in my Alice Munro reading project. (I read her last collection, Dear Life, in 2012.) While rereading Too Much Happiness, I was constantly aware of the references to being happy, to happiness, in the

How Much Happiness, Really2017-07-25T11:20:32-05:00

Quarterly Stories: Summer 2015

2017-07-24T15:01:50-05:00

This year I have read some stand-out collections, but for the most part I neglected to take notes from them: Joy Williams' Honored Guests, Kathleen Winter's The Freedom in American Songs, Jessica Grant's Making Light of Tragedy, Shawn Syms' Nothing Looks Familiar, Elaine McCluskey's Hello, Sweetheart, Julia Leggett's Gone South and Other

Quarterly Stories: Summer 20152017-07-24T15:01:50-05:00
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