Paris Stories

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New York Review Books, Feb 9, 2011 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Mavis Gallant is a contemporary legend, a frequent contributor to The New Yorkerfor close to fifty years who has, in the words of The New York Times, "radically reshaped the short story for decade after decade." Michael Ondaatje's new selection of Gallant's work gathers some of the most memorable of her stories set in Europe and Paris, where Gallant has long lived. Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. Together they compose a secret history, at once intimate and panoramic, of modern times.

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User Review  - TomMcGreevy - LibraryThing

Gallant's writing is pointillist, if one can refer to prose in this way ... a great deal of detail but often not tied to conventional narrative. Her tone usually is unsympathetic - she reports, does ... Read full review

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User Review  - snash - LibraryThing

This is a collection of stories set in Europe, mostly Paris. The characters are well drawn, as is the setting. The sense is of lost, displaced people trying to find a sense of attachment and belonging. Some excellent writing. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Mavis Gallant was born in Montreal and worked as a journalist at the Montreal Standard before moving to Europe to devote herself to writing fiction. After traveling extensively she settled in Paris, where she still resides. She is the recipient of the 2002 Rea Award for the Short Story and the 2004 PEN/Nabokov Award for lifetime achievement. New York Review Books Classics has published previous collections of Gallant's stories, Varieties of Exile and The Cost of Living.

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