There are people walking the streets of every city in the world who, though their parents are alive, are orphans. There are men and women who, though married for only moments, are already divorced. There are people of every age who, though they count many siblings, are only children.
Such is the essential loneliness of the modern age, the palette on which Mavis Gallant worked her art.
An only child for real, Mavis Gallant was born in Montreal in 1922. Her father died when she was very young, and her mother’s quick remarriage seems not to have settled well ...
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