Here's an excerpt from "Madeline's Birthday" from npr books. An excerpt, only, because I'm hoping you'll be inspired to buy the whole The Cost of Living collection.
Here's one of my favorite sentences from this piece:
"Had Edward Tracy been there, the day could not have been started with such verbal economy. 'How's my girl?' he would have asked Allie, even though it was plain she was quite well."
For more of Gallant's work, check out The New Yorker's archives.