In Youth Is Pleasure short fiction single Mavis Gallant

In Youth Is Pleasure short fiction single Mavis Gallant

Narrated by Margot Dionne
Listening Time: 26:16

"In Youth is Pleasure" is from Montreal Stories, a collection of short stories by Mavis Gallant, available as an MP3 audio book CD and an MP3 download.

"In Youth is Pleasure" appeared in The New Yorker, November 24, 1975. The following is an abstract of the story from The New Yorker: Author writes about herself as a young woman of eighteen, Linnet, returning to Montreal, her birthplace, from New York, where she'd been living and going to school. Tells about how at the age of fifteen she became indifferent to her mother. Her father, who was English, died when she was ten years old, but she had been told that he was in England. She found out the truth when she was thirteen by provoking an adult to tell her. She stays with her old nurse, Olivia, upon her return to Montreal. Olivia was surprised to see her, for she thought she was dead. Linnet looked up her father's friends to determine the circumstances of his death. They tell her different stories. One says that he was dying of tuberculosis of the spine and started back to England to die but never made it; another says that he shot himself in public; another says that he died at sea and that a gun was found in his luggage. Accompanying the story are the thoughts of a young woman growing up.
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