Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 328 pages, 8.3 × 5.35 × 0.6 in
Published: November 13, 2001
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771032935
ISBN - 13: 9780771032936
From the Publisher
Set in Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War, the nine
stories in this glittering collection reflect on the foibles and
dilemmas of human relationships. An English family goes to the
south of France for the sake of the father's health, and to get
away from an England of rationing and poverty. A displaced person
turned French soldier in Algeria now makes a living as an actor in
Paris. A group of selfish English expatriates on the Italian
Riviera are incredulous that Mussolini and the Germans may affect
their lives. A great writer's quiet widow blossoms in widowhood, to
the surprise and alarm of her children, who send a ten-year-old
grandson to Switzerland to keep her company one Christmas. Full of
wry humour and penetrating insights, this is Mavis Gallant at her
About the Author
Born in Montreal in 1922, Mavis Gallant left a
career as a leading journalist in that city to move to Paris in
1950 to write.
Since that time she has been publishing stories on a regular basis
in The New Yorker, many of which have been anthologized.
Her world-wide reputation has been established by books such as
From the Fifteenth District and Home Truths,
which won the Governor General's Award in 1982. In that same year
she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, becoming a
Companion of the Order in 1993, the year that she published
Across the Bridge and was the recipient of a special
tribute at the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors in
Toronto. In 1996, The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant
was published to universal acclaim. Paris Stories, a
selection edited by Michael Ondaatje, appeared in 2002, and was
followed by the companion volume Montreal Stories, edited
by Russell Banks, in 2004.
Gallant is a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of
Arts and Letters, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
She has received several honorary degrees from Canadian
universities and remains a much-sought-after public speaker. In
2001 she became the first winner of the Matt Cohen Award, and in
2002 she won the Blue Metropolis International Literary Grand Prix
and the Rea Award for the Short Story.
She continues to live in Paris.
From the Hardcover edition.
“Mavis Gallant writes some of the most superbly crafted and perceptive stories of our time.” – Globe and Mail “Gallant’s fiction is so finely observed and so forbearing in the face of the shortcomings we ascribe to human nature that the reader might easily come away with the impression that these stories are narrated by God.” – Mirabella “Superb… From the Fifteenth District brings us Mavis Gallant at the height of her powers.” – Toronto Star “I’m certain that there isn’t a finer living writer of fiction in the English language. There couldn’t be.” – Books in Canada “One of Canada’s best short-story writers.” – New Brunswick Reader “Gallant achieves the extraordinarily difficult task of capturing a world and a way of thinking in these little masterpieces.…She is something of a magician: one can watch closely, but in the end her stories defy our rational senses, and the result is a type of literary magic.” – Edmonton Journal “When so many others are forgotten, Gallant will be there.” – Globe and Mail “Reading any one of Mavis Gallant’s stories is like viewing the entire universe through an electron microscope; in her hands fiction seems infinitely flexible and capacious. And all the complexity of insight, the breadth of understanding, the density of thought and intensity of feeling are delivered with