Varieties of Exile: Stories
Mavis Gallant is the modern master of what Henry James called the international story, the fine-grained evocation of the quandaries of people who must make their way in the world without any place to call their own. The irreducible complexity of the very idea of home is especially at issue in the stories Gallant has written about Montreal, where she was born, although she has lived in Paris for more than half a century.
Varieties of Exile, Russell Banks's extensive new selection from Gallant's work, demonstrates anew the remarkable reach of this writer's singular art. Among its contents are three previously uncollected stories, as well as the celebrated semi-autobiographical sequence about Linnet Muir—stories that are wise, funny, and full of insight into the perils and promise of growing up and breaking loose.
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The first three stories in this book were nicely observed portraits of charcters whose thoughts and words are at cross purposes. Nice, but not too memorable. However, the first story of the Linnet ... Read full review
Fell in love with Mavis Gallant reading this book. Also with NYRB.
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Voices Lost in Snow
In Youth Is Pleasure
Between Zero and One
Varieties of Exile
The Chosen Husband
From Cloud to Cloud
Let It Pass
In a War
The Concert Party