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The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil

by (author) Lesley Choyce

Publisher
Fernwood Publishing
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Category
General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781552669204
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $21.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781552669211
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $20.99

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Description

 

Shortlisted for the 2017 Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award!

John Alexander MacNeil is eighty years old. Sharp-tongued and quick-witted, he lives alone in rural Cape Breton, but he still cooks breakfast for his wife, who’s been dead for thirty years. He silently starts to question his own mind after stopping to pick up a hitchhiker — a hitchhiker who turns out to be his neighbour’s mailbox.

Everything shifts, though, when Emily, a pregnant teenager, shows up at his house with no place else to go. Determined to help Emily as best as he can, John must also keep the wolves from his door and maintain some semblance of sanity.

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil is a compelling, witty and heartwarming novel by renowned Nova Scotia author Lesley Choyce.

 

About the author

No one has a clearer view of Atlantic Canada's literary endeavours over the past twenty years than Lesley Choyce. He is the founder of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and the publisher of Pottersfield Press. He has edited several fiction anthologies and has been the in-house editor of many books from Pottersfield Press including Making Waves, a collection of stories by emerging authors from Atlantic Canada. He is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from poetry and essays to autobiography, history and fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Among his recent books are the novels The Republic of Nothing, World Enough, and Cold Clear Morning, and the story collection Dance the Rocks Ashore. Choyce is the writer, host, and co-producer of the popular literary show television program, Off the Page with Lesley Choyce, which is broadcast across the country on Vision TV. He also teaches in the English department of Dalhousie University in Halifax and is leader of the rock band The Surf Poets.

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Awards

  • Short-listed, Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award

Editorial Reviews

 

A national treasure.

 

Ottawa Citizen

 

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil, Lesley Choyce demonstrates again his prolific gift for storytelling… Enjoyable, entertaining and thought-provoking.

 

Frank MacDonald, author of A Possible Madness

 

His body of work defies categorization.

 

Macleans

 

Life enhancing, LIfe celebrating

 

Quill & Quire

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