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Home Truths

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In Home Truths, Mavis Gallant draws us into the tricky labyrinth of human behaviour, while offering readers her unique, clear-eyed vision of Canadians both at home and abroad. Ranging in time and place from small-town Quebec during the Depression, to Geneva and Paris in the 1950s, to contemporary Vancouver Island, these stories explore the remorseless cruelty of children, ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published November 13th 2001 by Emblem Editions (first published January 1st 1981)
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Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mavis Gallant is hands down my favorite author. Now, having read a second collection of short stories by her, I am confident to say-she is my hero-writer. She creates a style of storytelling that moves directly into me like something entering my bloodstream. How often does something like that happen? I find lovely reads all up and down the spectrum which I relate to and linger over and applaud-but, just ever so seldom do I fall completely in love. I jump from one story into the next and I am nev ...more
J.C. Anderson
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Home Truths, Sixteen Stories by Mavis Gallant

Mavis Gallant’s early life conditioned her to know these home truths inside and out. Born in Montreal to an American mother and a British father, she was essentially abandoned at four when she was sent to boarding school. The rest of her childhood was lived without a family.
Therefore, I think it safe to say, the parents in her short stories tend to be incapable of love, neglectful, or just plain stupid. She said this about her mother: “I had a mother
Miriam Blair
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Beautifully written but awefully dark. Not the whole world is bad. Also I lost the book before reading the last story.
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-forgotten
Mavis Gallant's short stories remind me of snowglobes: technically perfect, but nearly impossible to get inside of. I admire their gloss and the careful scenes they depict, but I also want to see the workings. This rule of thumb applies to the first two groups of stories in this collection, At Home and Canadians Abroad. However, the last section, Linnet Muir, allows more room for exploration for the curious reader. These stories are the closest to autobiography that Gallant wrote, and perhaps it ...more
Paul Wilner
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damn, she's good. I highly recommend "The Ice Wagon Going Down The Street,'' in particular.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wise, funny, incisive, and sentence for sentence, one of the best stylists around.
Pivotal collection in her oeuvre, and a must even for Gallant fans who already have her Collected stories, since over half of the stories in this collection were not reprinted in that book.
Jul 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lesliemae by: Andrew Lesk
I gave this book a THIRD chance over the weekend. After plowing my way through the first section of the book I chanced upon Linnet Muir. These stories were authentic and witty. At time I found myself laughing out loud, and enjoyed each story immensely.

p. 364: "nothing 1/2 hearted the truth with a capital "T""

"What is truth?" Pilate asked
"Your word is truth" answered Jesus

What does that answer mean?
My 32 year old brain decided last month that the "T"ruth be it religious, political, jo
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Tina Siegel
I know, I know. It's MAVIS GALLANT, therefore it's brilliant. And it might have been. I just couldn't get into it. The characters were unrelatable, the plots either convoluted or boring, the language mediocre. I didn't like it, and it pains me to admit that. I've read other of Gallant's work, and enjoyed it (well, I enjoyed it enough). But this one? I dreaded picking it up, and couldn't wait to put it down. Nothing but relief when I finished. Not for me.
Mar 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
The introduction hooked me - I knew I was going to love this author. When posing the question "what is a Canadian", she surmises that it must be anyone who has a good reason to believe they are one! Short stories suited my busy life that week and these were great.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Among the best short stories I've read ever.
Lesley Young
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Just thinking about this book makes me want to read it again.
Miranda Bavdaz
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
yawwwwwn, zzzzzz. I kept leaving it, forcing myself to return, boring, couldn't finish it
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May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mavis Gallant, Grace Paley, Alice Munro, who are these women? I am awed.
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Canadian journalist and fiction writer. In her twenties, Gallant worked as a reporter for the Montreal Standard. She left journalism in 1950 to pursue fiction writing. To that end, always needing autonomy and privacy, she moved to France.

In 1981, Gallant was honoured by her native country and made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contribution to literature. That same year she also receive

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