From the Back Cover:
This original New Canadian Library collection brings together thirty of Morley Callaghan’s best stories from the 1920s through the 1950s. Set in a bygone world of boarding houses and Depression-era gaslight, the themes in these stories – fear, shame, innocence, longing, initiation, and awakening – remain universal. Included are “A Wedding Dress,” which Ernest Hemingway called “a hell of a good story”; “The Blue Kimono,” about the complicated nuances of a marriage; and the titles story, “Ancient Lineage,” in which a young man visits a woman and her mother in order to learn about their family history.
“How deeply human and humane Callaghan’s vision is. Here we find ourselves, in all our pettiness and nobility of intent, in all our distress and longing.” – Anne Michaels