Synopses & Reviews
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTABLE BOOK OF 2012
IRISH TIMES BOOK-TO-READ FOR 2012
ATLANTIC BOOK AWARD WINNER
FINALIST FOR THE GILLER PRIZE AND THE FRANK O'CONNOR AWARD
A GLOBE and MAIL, QUILL and QUIRE, AND AMAZON.CA BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
"Engrossing, thrilling and ultimately satisfying: each story has the weight of a novel." The Economist
This was the day after Mike Tyson bit off Evander Holyfields ear. You remember that. It was a moment in history not like Kennedy or the planes flying into the World Trade Center not up at that level. This was something much lower, more like Ben Johnson, back when his eyes were that thick, yellow color and he tested positive in Seoul after breaking the world-record in the hundred. You might not know exactly where you were standing or exactly what you were doing when you first heard about Tyson or about Ben, but when the news came down, I bet it stuck with you. When Tyson bit off Holyfields ear, that cut right through the everyday clutter. from "Miracle Mile"
Two runners race a cargo train through the darkness of a rat-infested tunnel beneath the Detroit River. A drugstore bicycle courier crosses a forbidden threshold in an attempt to save a life and a young swimmer conquers her fear of water only to discover she's caught in far more dangerous currents. An auto-worker who loses his family in a car accident is forced to reconsider his relationship with the internal combustion engine.
Alexander MacLeod is a writer of "ferocious intelligence" and "ferocious physicality" (CTV). Light Lifting, his celebrated first collection, offers us a suite of darkly urban and unflinching elegies that explore the depths of the psyche and channel the subconscious hopes and terrors that motivate us all. These are elemental stories of work and its bonds, of tragedy and tragedy barely averted, but also of beauty, love and fragile understanding.
"Alexander Macleod's work is brash and brainy and his voice is rich, harsh, and powerful. He pays attention to the battles of the sexes, the battles of the strip mall and rest stop, the battles of the bottle, and the battles of child rearing, uncannily detailing the stresses, obligations, and joys in tactile, loving observations."Mark Jarman
In Light Lifting, Alexander MacLeod offers a suite of darkly urban and unflinching elegies for an industrial city and community on the brink. These are stories of work and its bonds, of tragedy and tragedy barely averted, but also of love and beauty and fragile understanding.
A suite of dark, unflinching elegies for a working-class city and community driven to the brink.
About the Author
"Taut to a point of richness, deft in the dark, with an understanding of narrative suspense that's somehow actually beautiful, Light Lifting
is a powerful collection and the debut of a writer clearly a master of the form."—Ali Smith
"To read each story in this gorgeous collection is to live a series of rich and dangerous lives along the Canadian-Michigan border. The forces threatening Alexander MacLeod’s characters include speeding trains, rip tides, lice, old age, automobile assembly lines, the exuberant despair of vacationing in Nova Scotia, and everything that lurks in the Detroit River. MacLeod is a literary rock star, and his prose is wise and rowdy music. I will recommend this book to everyone."—Bonnie Jo Campbell, American Salvage