Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |
In Alistair MacLeod's only novel, an "Alexander MacDonald" stands in for the author and guides the reader through his family history on Cape Breton Island. MacDonald remains haunted by his roots there, even as he and his twin sister have prospered by moving away from the island. The story is an engrossing meditation on the power of place and the past's hold on the present.
No Great Mischief was an instant classic. MacLeod was called "the greatest living Canadian writer" by the Globe and Mail and the book won a slew of awards, including the Trillium Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.