Alistair MacLeod’s Short Stories
Island is a book of short stories by Alistair MacLeod, first published in 2000 by McClelland and Stewart, which contains the short stories published in MacLeod’s earlier collections, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories, with two previously unpublished stories.
Because MacLeod was a very deliberate writer, who never rushed his stories into being, I’ve scheduled this reading project (tentatively) so that each collection spans the space of approximately a year (with a couple of extra stories in each July, marking his birthday on the 20th).
The stories are immediately inviting and easy to read, in terms of their language and pacing–they are hard to set aside–but they are also powerful. You’ll need time to settle your heart after reading.