Mavis Gallant was born in Montreal in 1922. When she was twenty-eight she gave up her job as a journalist, moved to Paris and devoted herself to writing fiction. In 1951 she published her first short story in The New Yorker. Since then she has published over twelve collections of stories, two novels, a volume of non-fiction, Paris Notebooks: Essays and Reviews, and a play. A selection of her work from 1951-71, The Cost of Living, was published in 2009.