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Island by Alistair MacLeod
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Sep 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: canada-theme-setting, contemporary-fiction, best-of-2009, read-2009, shorts
Read in September, 2009

Beautiful and heartbreaking, many of these stories will stay with me for a long, long time. It took a while to read because I needed to take a break and breath, allow the images, characters and events to swirl and settle before I could move on.

The Vastness of the Dark, The Closing Down of Summer, Island, To Everything There is a Season, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood, Second Spring...although the themes of mining, farming, tradition, death, family repeat in the setting of Cape Breton, each story is fresh and powerful. This should be required reading in any class on the craft of writing.
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