Island: The Collected Short Stories of Alistair MacLeod

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McClelland & Stewart, 2000 - Cape Breton Island (N.S.) - 434 pages
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Alistair MacLeod has been hailed internationally as a master of the short story. Now MacLeod's collected stories, including two never before published, are gathered together for the first time in "Island." These sixteen superbly crafted stories, most of them firmly based in Cape Breton even if its people stray elsewhere, depict men and women living out their lives against the haunting landscape that surrounds them. Focusing on the complexities and abiding mysteries at the heart of human relationships, MacLeod maps the close bonds and impassable chasms that lie between man and woman, parent and child, and invokes memory and myth to celebrate the continuity of the generations, even in the midst of unremitting change. Eloquent, humane, powerful, and told in a voice at once elegiac and life-affirming, the stories in this astonishing collection seize us from the outset and remain with us long after the final page.

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One of Canada's most important writers, MacLeod grew up in Cape Breton. Here he presents a powerful collection of short stories set on Canada's Eastern shore, where the traditions and Gaelic language ... Read full review

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I love MacLeod's writing, but I have made peace with the fact that I just don't enjoy short stories. Read full review

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Alistair MacLeod was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and was educated at the Nova Scotia Teacher's College, St. Francis Xavier University, University of New Brunswick, and Notre Dame University. MacLeod taught at both Indiana University and the University of Windsor. His fiction collection includes As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories and The Lost Salt Gift of Blood: New and Selected Stories.

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