By Gail Scott
It is a hot June day. A woman sits in a bar in Montreal’s Main, waiting. Pushing down the disturbing scene (the police, a blanket) she saw that morning in the park. To focus herself, she tries to guess the stories of other women who come and go as the day darkens into night: ... Read more
It is a hot June day. A woman sits in a bar in Montreal’s Main, waiting. Pushing down the disturbing scene (the police, a blanket) she saw that morning in the park. To focus herself, she tries to guess the stories of other women who come and go as the day darkens into night: the teenager Nanette; Adele of Halifax, who’s constantly on a train; a woman just back from Cuba; two lesbian lovers (one’s a “cowgirl”); Z. , a performance artist; Norma jean from Toronto; the taunting radio voice of a woman promising a tango. Between the portraits, the woman watches and drinks and spins a setting for her “brides. ” The question is, why does she keep deferring going home?
Gail Scott is the author of the novels Main Brides (Toronto: Coach House, 1993), Heroine (Coach House, 1987; Talon, 1997), and My Paris (Toronto: Mercury Press, 1999), a collection of short stories, Spare Parts (Coach House, 1982), the essay collection Spaces like Stairs (Toronto: Women's Press, 1989), and la théorie, un dimanche (co?authored with Nicole Brossard et al., remue?ménage, 1988). She has been short?listed twice for the QSPELL (Quebec English-?language fiction) award. A former journalist who has worked for Canada's leading newspapers, she is also a founding editor of the Montreal French-?language cultural journal Spirale, and the bilingual journal of women's writing, Tessera. Her translations include France Théoret's Laurence, and The Sailor's Disquiet, and Helen with a Secret, both by Michael Delisle.
Scott is one of the most gutsy writers around.
—Globe & Mail
“Gail Scott has an extraordinary ability to compress scenic observations … into short, jewel-like notations. ”
— Hugh Hood