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The Birthday Lunch by Joan Clark

Hal and Lily McNab have been married thirty-three years and have a creek outside their bedroom window which is a tributary of the Kennebecasis, itself a tributary of the Saint John whose source is in the Appalachians and which empties into the Bay of Fundy. Hal is a virulent man and he and Lily have […]

Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill

This is the most entertaining collection of short stories that I can recall reading: I am not someone who gravitates towards short story collections but once I started this one I actually wanted to continue and that is very unusual. In fact, I don’t think it has ever happened to me.

In The Gypsy and […]

These Good Hands by Carol Bruneau

There are two particular sets of hands in this story in addition to the hands referred to in the epigraph:

Only in our doing can we grasp you. Only with our hands can we illumine you. The mind is but a visitor: It thinks us out of our world.             […]

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Maybe you’ve seen a Nick Hornby movie? I saw An Education and didn’t know at the time it was a Nick Hornby script. Then I saw About A Boy and A Long Way Down. There have been others as well. The three  I’ve seen have been very impressive.

I’ve only read one of his books […]

Guest-Posting September 7 on Buried in Print

Today I am a guest blogger on Buried in Print’s website so I invite you to join me there for a post on Blanche Howard’s last book, The Ice Maiden, which I have added to my To Be Re-Read Regularly list.

Blanche Howard died on June 12, 2014 (see her daughter’s account of her life here) […]