Dance the Rocks Ashore

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Goose Lane, 1997 - Fiction - 223 pages
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Lesley Choyce writes rings around most Canadian authors. Even so, the most recent of his five books of stories came out in 1988, and most are out of print. It's time for a new collection and here it is — Dance the Rocks Ashore or, as one might say, choice Choyce.

Dance the Rocks Ashore contains substantial new stories including "Dance the Rocks Ashore," a bittersweet account of an elderly couple's decline; the hilarious and bizarre "My Father Was a Book Reviewer"; "The Third or Fourth Happiest Man in Nova Scotia," with a peculiar hero reminiscent of Noah; and "The Wreck of the Sister Theresa," in which spring fever hits like "a handshake in hell." Favourite stories from previous books include "Losing Ground," the pivotal chapter in Choyce's acclaimed 1989 novel The Second Season of Jonas MacPherson,as well as "The Cure," "Dancing the Night Away," and the complex and disturbing "Conventional Emotions."

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About the author (1997)

A long-time resident of Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, Lesley Choyce is a one-man cultural phenomenon: the pubisher of Pottersfield Press, a teacher at Dalhousie University, a historian, a poet, a writer of fiction for young people and adults, and, until recently, Canada's national surfing champion. His most recent adult books are Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea, a popular history, and the award-winning novel The Republic of Nothing.

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