From one of the most beloved storytellers of our time, Remembrance is the last published story by Alistair MacLeod, and a moving story of three generations of men from a single family whose lives are forever altered by the long shadow of war. Now available in book form for the first time in a beautiful gift edition.
In the early morning hours of November 11, David MacDonald, a veteran of the Second World War, stands outside his Cape Breton home, preparing to attend what will likely be his last Remembrance Day ceremony. As he waits for the arrival of his son and grandson, he remembers his decision to go to war in desperation to support his young family. He remembers the horrors of life at the frontlines in Ortona, Italy, and then what happened in Holland when the Canadians arrived as liberators. He remembers how the war devastated his own family, but gave him other reasons to live. What emerges is an elegant, life-affirming meditation on "how the present always comes out of the past," and how even in the midst of tragedy and misfortune there exists the possibility for salvation.
ALISTAIR MACLEOD was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and raised among an extended family in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. MacLeod's only novel, No Great Mischief, won numerous awards, including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, and the Trillium Book Award. He was also the author of two internationally acclaimed collections of short stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun. In 2000, these two books, accompanied by previously unpublished stories, were brought together in a single-volume edition entitled Island: The Collected Stories. Alistair MacLeod died in April 2014.
Praise for Alistair MacLeod:
• "His writing moved from his heart to the page, and will always leap back from the page and into the heart of the reader." Jane Urquhart
• "MacLeod published but one novel, No Great Mischief, and two short story collections, yet he was a giant of contemporary Canadian literature, a fact proven by the outpouring of grief, from coast to coast and around the world, in the wake of his death." National Post
• "A consummate storyteller, MacLeod's great gift allowed him to touch readers worldwide with moving stories of the everyday lives of people that resonated with the warmth and the sadness of a universal humanity." Halifax Chronicle-Herald