"Alistair 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 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, life-affirming, the stories in this astonishing collection seize us from the outset and remain with us long after the final page."
ETA: By the way, this book includes all the stories from his two other collections: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories (1986), so I won't be including either of those as separate books in the CanLit Project.
ETA: Oh, and though I do plan to do a ring for this book, it will be a special one. I'm ringing this with MacLeod's novel No Great Mischief along with a DVD of the documentary film "Reading Alistair Macleod". From the liner notes(?): "In this feature-length documentary, we not only get to know MacLeod, but also meet writers who greatly admire his work. Margaret Atwood, David Adams Richards, Russell Banks, Colm Tóibín, Lisa Moore and Wayne Johnston all read favourite passages and share personal stories." -- Don't PM to sign up for this yet though, please.
For more information about my Canadian Literature Project, see my blog at http://ibis3.blogspot.com