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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Lise Weil

Lise Weil was founder and editor of the feminist literary review Trivia: A Journal of Ideas based in North Amherst, Massachusetts. In 1988 and 1989, two issues of the journal were devoted to the Montreal International Feminist Book Fair of ‘88. Mary Meigs’s work appeared in the first of those issues, which focused on Quebec women writers. Weil moved to Montreal in 1990; since then her fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines in both Canada and the US. She has been a regular reviewer for The Women’s Review of Books and a literary translator from both French and German. She currently teaches in Goddard College’s M.A. program and is at work on a book of literary nonfiction titled In Search of Pure Lust.



Beyond Recall

Finalist for the 2006 Lambda Literary Award


Beyond Recall

Beyond Recall … is a beautiful, whimsical and detailed description of the last two years of Meigs’ life. It also documents a woman’s life after 80—a virtually unexplored territory. What sticks in Meigs’ mind as chronicled here is both visual and visceral.”

— Herizons

Beyond Recall provides an eloquent coda to Meigs’ literary ouevre …”

— Canadian Literature

“Lise Weil compiled and edited all of [Meigs’s] creative output into an elegant book so that the rest of us could have one last encounter with a remarkable writer.”

— Geist

“While [Mary Meigs’s] body is palpably slowing down, her mind is very much alive, as evinced in her wit … She is capable of word games and of creating a humorous dialogue between her fallible mind and index finger. However, her real strengths are virtues of drama, colour (a painter’s mother tongue), and passion that are distilled in succinct images. Creativity trumps gerontology in her case.”

— Globe and Mail

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