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No Great Mischief

by (author) Alistair MacLeod

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Literary, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2001
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price

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Alistair MacLeod musters all of the skill and grace that have won him an international following to give us No Great Mischief, 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.

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About the author

Alistair MacLeod was born in Saskatchewan in 1936 and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He has published two internationally acclaimed collections of short stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (1986). In 2000, these two books, accompanied by two new stories, were published as Island: The Collected Stories of Alistair MacLeod. In 1999, MacLeod's first novel, No Great Mischief, was published to stellar critical acclaim. The novel won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, The Trillium Award, the CAA Award, and the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards for Fiction Book of the Year and Author of the Year. In 2001, No Great Mischief was awarded the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, one of the world's most prestigious literary prizes.

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Editorial Reviews

Winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the CBA Libris
Award for Book of the Year

“MacLeod is MacLeod, the greatest living Canadian writer. . . . No Great Mischief is a once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece.”
Globe and Mail

“A tale of truth about people who care for one another and for the living world around them. A lament and a celebration, it will endure.”
— Farley Mowat

“You will find scenes from this majestic novel burned into your mind forever.”
Alice Munro

"One of the great undiscovered writers of our time."
–Michael Ondaatje

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