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by Tyler Keevil
Burrard Inlet is the body of water that divides Vancouver’s North Shore from the rest of the Lower Mainland. In this collection of award-winning stories, Tyler Keevil uses that rugged landscape—where the city meets the mountains, and civilization meets the wild—as a backdrop for characters struggling against the elements, each other, and themselves. A search-and-rescue ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Parthian Books
(first published May 1st 2014)
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Aug 17, 2016 Sam rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I'll be honest, when I first picked this book up I wasn't expecting a whole lot. Usually I find collections like this a little dry, forced and unrealistic. But Keevil has surprised me. Each story is not only believable but emotionally raw and gritty, embracing the stunning and beautiful setting of Burrard Inlet. The stories may not seem like much when you first read them but as your mind digests them something changes and their beauty and elegance comes to the fore. I particularly liked 'Carving ...more
Tyler Keevil’s style is deceptively simple, masculine and raw, but deeply authentic. The stories are set in Vancouver and the characters are ordinary people, carrying out their lives on or by the water, against a background of snow-topped mountains. These are people whose work is often hard and grinding, inevitably at the mercy of the elements. There is great beauty here, with the brutal energy of landscape and emotion, all steeped in cold and sea and weather.
Rubery Book Award
Rubery Book Award
I had to go out of my way to find this book. Even though the author is from the Vancouver, BC area he no longer lives here, and his publisher is from the UK. Nevertheless, he came up on my radar after he wrote a great short story called 'Sealskin', which won the Journey Prize, the award for the year's best short story in Canada. So I had to track down his stuff and read more. I think what I like most about these short stories is that they have a strong sense of place. They are very much stories ...more
Keevil's history of working a wide variety of jobs before becoming a creative writing lecturer has no doubt helped to shape these rugged, masculine stories. Keevil's strengths lie in writing more contemplative, less action-packed stories, with the perspectives from bystanders, such as the brilliant Edges, where a bored ski-resort worker witnesses an abusive relationship between a father and his boy, and in There's a War, where waiters witness a meltdown from a c-list celebrity at their restauran ...more
Tyler was raised in Vancouver, Canada. He first came to the UK in 1999 to study English at Lancaster University. He returned home to finish his degree, and after graduating undertook a variety of bizarre jobs, working as a treeplanter, a landscape gardener, a deckhand on a fishing barge, a ‘greenhorn’ in the shipyards, a restaurant busser and a kayak shop assistant. After paying back his student ...moreMore about Tyler Keevil...