Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 392 pages, 3.28 × 2.11 × 0.35 in
Published: November 13, 2001
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0771032927
ISBN - 13: 9780771032929
From the Publisher
In Home Truths, Mavis Gallant draws us into the tricky
labyrinth of human behaviour, while offering readers her unique,
clear-eyed vision of Canadians both at home and abroad. Ranging in
time and place from small-town Quebec during the Depression, to
Geneva and Paris in the 1950s, to contemporary Vancouver Island,
these stories explore the remorseless cruelty of children, the
tensions that affect all families, the dangerous but endearing
naïveté of young girls in love with Europe, and the terrible
distances that divide people who love each other. And in the
celebrated "Linnet Muir" stories, Gallant draws on her own
experiences to portray a sensitive and alarmingly perceptive young
girl growing up in Montreal in the 1930s and 1940s. Incisive,
darkly humorous, and compassionate, Home Truths is a
vibrant collection of stories from one of our finest writers.
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.
"One of the great short story writers of our time."
"The irrefutable master of the short story in English, Mavis
Gallant has, among her colleagues, many admirers but no peer. She
is the standout. She is the standard-bearer.
She is the standard."
"The worlds that Gallant creates are so complete that, as readers,
we can live inside them."
"One of the best writers of our language, an artist who is above
fad and fashion."
"We carry these stories around with us for days after we
finish reading them because of their profound human
ambiguities.…These stories lodge in our minds and become part of
our happiness, the happiness of knowing that perfection, wrought
from an imperfect world, is possible."
"One begins comparing her best moments to those of major figures in
literary history. Names like Henry James, Checkhov and George Eliot
dance across the mind. Gallant's accomplishment is on an
extraordinarily high level."
"She has written many short stories. My calculation suggests that
she has written in this form at least the equivalent of twenty