“Gram Julia’s Spies,” by Marin Sardy, from <em>The Edge of Every Day</em>
Excerpts / Features / Nonfiction

“Gram Julia’s Spies,” by Marin Sardy, from The Edge of Every Day

by Marin Sardy

There was also something rigid about Gram Julia, a staunch inflexibility about how she behaved and how she interpreted things—traits associated with schizophrenia…. Later an uncle recoiled at the idea. The family already had a story in place to explain Gram Julia. “Selfish,” they said. “A character.” Continue reading

<i>The Years</i> by Annie Ernaux: Memoir of a Generation
Features / Fiction

The Years by Annie Ernaux: Memoir of a Generation

By Alice Lowe

I have no frame of reference for Ernaux’s memories of the restrictions and reconstruction of postwar Europe, of the domination of the Catholic Church and attending all-girl convent schools.  I’m not yet a part of her collective “we.” But then she describes a photo of herself in 1955, wearing a short-sleeved sweater, polka-dot skirt, and ballerina flats, and I see myself. Continue reading