Elliott Holt | Mavis Gallant

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Elliott Holt | Mavis Gallant, Green Water, Green Sky

Mavis Gallant is one of my favorite writers, and although she is primarily known for her short stories—she published 116 of them in the New Yorker—I love her two novels as well. Green Water, Green Sky, Gallant's debut, is about a young Canadian woman named Flor's nervous breakdown. Set in Venice and Paris, where Flor and her mother Bonnie live, Green Water, Green Sky is an episodic novel in four sections (interconnected stories, if you will), which display Gallant's masterful shifts in narrative perspective and her visceral exploration of displacement and exile.

Elliott Holt is the author of the novel You Are One of Them (Penguin), a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award. Her essays, book reviews, and short stories have appeared in the New York Times, Slate, Time, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and has lived in Moscow, London, Amsterdam, Paris, and New York.

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