Author: Gallant, Mavis
Publisher: MacMillan of Canada
Year Published: 1983
Condition Rating: Slight wear, may have creased spine, folded pages, good-condition ownership stickers
Summary: Mavis Gallantâ€™s two novels are as memorable as her many short stories. Full of wit, whim, and psychological poignancy, A Fairly Good Time, here accompanied by Green Water, Green Sky, encapsulates Gallantâ€™s unparalleled skill as a storyteller.
Shirley Perrigny (nÃ©e Norrington, then briefly Higgins), the heroine of A Fairly Good Time, is an original. Derided by the Parisians she lives among and chided by her fellow Canadians, this young, widowed girlâ€”recently remarried to a French journalist named Philippeâ€”is fond of quoting from Jane Austen and Kingsley Amis to describe her life and of using her myopia as a defense against social aggression. As the fixed points in Shirleyâ€™s life begin to recedeâ€”Philippe having apparently though not definitively leftâ€”her freewheeling, makeshift and selfâ€“abnegating ways come to seem an aspect of devotion to her fellow man. Could the unreliable protagonist be the unwitting heroine of her own story?
Green Water, Green Sky, Gallantâ€™s first novel, is a darker tale of the fractured family life of Bonnie McCarthy, an American divorcÃ©e, and her daughter, Flor. Uprooted and unmoored, mother and daughter live like itinerantsâ€”in Venice, Cannes, and Parisâ€”glamorous and dependent. From this untidy life and the false notes of her mother, Flor attempts to flee, with little hope of escape.
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