Mavis Gallant published more short stories in the New Yorker than any writer apart from John Updike, yet she is not well known in Britain. I certainly hadn’t heard of her until she died, but for the last few years I’ve been slowly making my way through “The Cost of Living,” a collection or her stories. I’ve found much that I like, including this quote on marriage.
“Every marriage is about something. It must have a plot. Sometimes it has a puzzling or incoherent plot. If you saw it acted out, it would bore you. “Turn it off,” you would say. “No one I know lives that way.” It has a mood, a setting, a vocabulary, bone structure, a climate.”