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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (393 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mavis Gallant Narrator: Lorna Raver, Yuri Rasovsky Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Mavis Gallant is a contemporary legend, a frequent contributor to the New Yorker for close to fifty years, and the undisputed master of the short story. Her peerless prose captures the range of human experience while evoking time and place with unequaled skill. This superb collection of fifteen of Gallant’s stories, edited and with an introduction by bestselling author Michael Ondaatje, gathers the best of her many stories set all over Europe, all written in Paris where she has long lived.

Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. Together they compose a secret history, at once intimate and panoramic, of modern times.

Besides an introduction by Michael Ondaatje, this book includes the following stories:

“The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street”
“The Latehomecomer”
“In Transit”
“The Moslem Wife”
“From the Fifteenth District”
“Speck's Idea”
“Baum, Gabriel, 1935-( )”
“The Remission”
“Grippes and Poches”
“Mlle. Dias de Corta”
“In Plain Sight”
“Scarves, Beads, Sandals”
Afterword: About the Stories, by Mavis Gallant

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ms. Gallant…has dared to drift in a disorienting century, always trusting her own imaginative compass. Her fiction, never fooled into trying to keep up with history, will last a long time.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Mavis Gallant writes some of the most superbly crafted and perceptive stories of our time.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “Mavis Gallant’s finely honed prose captures the small details that illuminate a life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Gallant’s stories are filled with insights and wonderfully crafted sentences…A 2007 Audie Award Finalist.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine Mccullough | 2/7/2014

    " Simply one of the best volumes of short stories I have ever read. Mavis Gallant is genius! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 2/7/2014

    " This book was listed at the back of Francine Prose's How to Read Like a Writer. Years ago I added the first page or two of suggested reading from Prose's list to my Amazon Wishlist. Last Christmas someone gave me Gallant's Paris Stories and I've only now read all the stories in the collection. I'm not certain I've read more beautiful, direct declaritive sentences. Gallant's prose is so clean it's perfect. Her ability to slip from one character's thoughts to another's, sometimes within the same sentence, is startling and refreshing and entertaining. These stories inspire the imagination; they make me want to write. Some are humorous, others tragic; all reach a level of care and coherency that make the act of reading them one of heightened senses, of an almost anxious pleasure which pleads for them not to end, for the sentences to keep living and breathing with each exact word, each shiny, perfect step forward. Read The Moslem Wife. Read them all, and then find copies of her many collections and read those too. That is my plan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gail | 2/6/2014

    " I finally gave up on this book. Most of the stories had no point and most were depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 2/5/2014

    " Speck's Idea: the Art World trembles before the insightfulness of this brilliant short story. Fun, fun, and fun. "

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About the Author
Author Mavis Gallant

Mavis Gallant was born in Montreal in 1922 and worked as a journalist at The Standard before moving to Europe to devote herself to writing fiction. After traveling extensively, she settled in Paris, where she still resides. She was first published in the New Yorker in 1951.