Paris Stories

By Mavis Gallant
Compiler and author of introduction Michael Ondaatje
Read by Yuri Rasovsky and Lorna Raver

16.75 Hours 01/01/2006 unabridged
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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” “Irina” “The Latehomecomer” “In Transit” “The Moslem Wife” “From the Fifteenth District” “Speck's Idea” “Baum, Gabriel, 1935-( )” “The Remission” “Grippes and Poches” “Forain” “August”  “Mlle. Dias de Corta” “In Plain Sight” “Scarves, Beads, Sandals” Afterword: About the Stories, by Mavis Gallant

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Summary

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

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 16.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English