How does Mavis Gallant explore the themes of rootlessness, dislocation, and alienation in her fiction?
Why do you think Gallant’s fiction is so highly admired by other writers but has never been widely popular with general readers?
What is it about Gallant’s stories, even those that deal with the same characters, that make them read like short stories rather than chapters of novels?
Is there anything particularly “Canadian” about Gallant’s Canadian stories?
How might Gallant’s early experiences of being brought up in various boarding schools affect her themes and concerns in her fiction?
How do Gallant’s stories combine both humor and despair?
Gallant once said in an interview that short-story readers are a special kind of reader, like readers of poetry. How do Gallant’s stories support this idea?