Main Brides Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889104563
Pages: 240
Pub. Date: January 1 1993
Dimensions: 9" x 6" x 0.8125"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Fiction / FIC044000

  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Women

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Main Brides

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: 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 has an extraordinary ability to compress scenic observations … into short, jewel-like notations.”
Hugh Hood

Scott is one of the most gutsy writers around.
—Globe & Mail