The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant A Montreal journalist in the 1950s, Mavis Gallant moved overseas at age 27 to write fiction full-time in Paris, a place that inspired her richly… Fiction Short Stories
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The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant

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Details Writer: Mavis Gallant; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories

A Montreal journalist in the 1950s, Mavis Gallant moved overseas at age 27 to write fiction full-time in Paris, a place that inspired her richly textured cast of North American expatriates and European nationals, petit bourgeoisie and grungy bohemians. Typically, characters in The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant are caught between their aspirations and their emotions: In an early tale, an innocent American girl chases a Paris of her imagination and gets engaged to a man she doesn't love; in a recent piece, a sophisticated Parisian condescends to her ex-husband, a famous painter, while obsessing over his lovers. Gallant's prose is always pristine, glistening like a glacier; what is astonishing is how she invites dark and mysterious emotional currents to fracture and fragment the smooth surfaces. A

Originally posted Oct 11, 1996 Published in issue #348 Oct 11, 1996 Order article reprints