This is the second book I read by Mavis Gallant during the Christmas holiday! And this book did not disappoint either.
There is nothing like sinking your mind and heart into a book of short stories like this. They are entertaining, yet serious. What a combination for a writer to have.
Her stories outline the conflicts, obsessions and concerns that encompass our lives too. She tackles topics about gaining personal freedom without inflicting hard on others, especially those we love. She tackles moral issues and through the characters she solves dilemmas that are earth-shattering and deep.
She even tackles how a character forgives an abusive and selfish parent. This is definitely a topic that will really allow readers to empathize with the character and probably even see their lives and issues as intermingled with issues like these.
This is when fiction is at its best–when we can solve very serious problems through a character’s action.
This is a book for readers who enjoy a good story that is filled with conflict but has mostly fulfilling resolutions.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth