Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Canada: the world's small town

Not sure how underrated some of the books on this list are – Martin Amis? Lydia Millet? Russell Banks? – but this one is even more of an eyebrow raiser:
VARIETIES OF EXILE
By Mavis Gallant
Canadian expats look lovingly home in this collection by Mavis Gallant, a kind of Alice Munro for those who got out.
—Chris Beha, Bookforum
"For those who got out?"

1 comment:

Steven W. Beattie said...

"For those who got out" ... of the country. See, cuz Gallant lives in Paris, which the Yanks will grudgingly admit is an important locale, unlike Canada, which is just that pot-smokin', same-sex marriage sanctionin', Iraq-war eschewin' annoyance to the north.