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.
- Short-listed, Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award
A national treasure.
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.
Life enhancing, LIfe celebrating
Quill & Quire
Other titles by Lesley Choyce
Around England with a Dog
Around England with a Dog
Closing Down Heaven
Face the Music
Down Home for Christmas - Holiday Stories from Atlantic Canada
The Amazing History of a Coastal Village, Second Edition
The Trouble With Everything
The Rules Have Changed
Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea
A Living History