Synopses & Reviews
Alistair MacLeod musters all of the skill and grace that have won him an international following to give us , the story of a fiercely loyal family and the tradition that drives it. Generations after their forebears went into exile, the MacDonalds still face seemingly unmitigated hardships and cruelties of life. Alexander, orphaned as a child by a horrific tragedy, has nevertheless gained some success in the world. Even his older brother, Calum, a nearly destitute alcoholic living on Toronto's skid row, has been scarred by another tragedy. But, like all his clansman, Alexander is sustained by a family history that seems to run through his veins. And through these lovingly recounted stories-wildly comic or heartbreakingly tragic-we discover the hope against hope upon which every family must sometimes rely.
Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: "This sturdily textured debut novel never hesitates or meanders."--
About the Author
Alistair MacLeod was raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and teaches at the University of Windsor, Ontario. He lives in Canada.