“The irrefutable master of the short story in English, Mavis Gallant has, among her colleagues, many admirers but no peer. She is the standout. She is the standard-bearer.
She is the standard.”
“The worlds that Gallant creates are so complete that, as readers, we can live inside them.”
“One of the best writers of our language, an artist who is above fad and fashion.”
“We carry these stories around with us for days after we finish reading them because of their profound human ambiguities.…These stories lodge in our minds and become part of our happiness, the happiness of knowing that perfection, wrought from an imperfect world, is possible.”
“One begins comparing her best moments to those of major figures in literary history. Names like Henry James, Checkhov and George Eliot dance across the mind. Gallant’s accomplishment is on an extraordinarily high level.”
“She has written many short stories. My calculation suggests that she has written in this form at least the equivalent of twenty novels.”