Main Brides by Gail Scott
Finalist for The Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction in 1993
On a hot June day, a woman sits in a bar on Montreal’s Main, waiting as she suppresses a disturbing scene she witnessed that morning in the park. To focus herself, she tries to guess the stories of other women who come and go as day darkens into night: a teenager, Nanette; Adele of Halifax, who’s constantly on a train; a woman just back from Cuba; two lesbian lovers; 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 the walk home?
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