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Across the Bridge: Stories (1993) [Collection]
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A new collection of stories by Mavis Gallant is always a major publishing event. For this is the writer who–like Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro–has made Canadian short stories a presence on the world literary scene, and on our bestseller lists.

In Across the Bridge four of the eleven stories are connected, following the fortunes of the Carette family in Montreal. In "1933" their widowed mother teaches Berthe and Marie to deny that she was a seamstress and to say instead that she was "clever with her hands." In "The Chosen Husband" the luckless suitor Louis has to undergo the front-parlour scrutiny of Marie's mother and sister: "But then Louis began to cough and had to cover his mouth. He was in trouble with a caramel. The Carettes looked away, so that he could strangle unobserved. 'How dark it is,' said Berthe, to let him think he could not be seen."

We then follow their marriage, the birth of Raymond, and Raymond's flight from his mother and aunt to his eventual role as a motel manager in Florida. "'The place was full of Canadians,' he said. 'They stole like raccoons...'"

With the exception of "The Fenton Child," an eerie story set in postwar Montreal, the other stories take place in the Paris Mavis Gallant knows so well. "Across the Bridge," the title story, begins with the narrator’s mother throwing her reluctant daughter’s wedding invitations into the Seine. "I watched the envelopes fall in a slow shower and land on the dark water and float apart. Strangers leaned on the parapet and stared, too, but nobody spoke."

This is a superb collection of stories by a writer at the top of her form.

Contents:

  • 1933
  • The Chosen Husband
  • From Cloud to Cloud
  • Florida
  • Dédé
  • Kingdom Come
  • Across the Bridge
  • Forain
  • A State of Affairs
  • Mile, Dias De Corta
  • The Fenton Child

Original title: Across the Bridge: Stories
Original languages: English

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Across the Bridge: Stories (1993)
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Language: English

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Across the Bridge (1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto, ON
Publisher: New Canadian Library
ISBN: 9780771034596
Pages: 211
Notes: Afterword by Robertson Davies

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Across the Bridge (1994)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN: 9780747517733
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 in
Pages: 215

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Across the Bridge: Stories (October 1994)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
ISBN: 9780786701438
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.6 in
Pages: 198

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Across the Bridge: Stories (1993)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto, ON
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771033056
Pages: 198

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