Light Lifting. Alexander MacLeod.

MacLeod, Alexander. Light Lifting. Biblioasis 2010. F; December 2010.

Seven short stories, nearly all of them about something violent and horrifying. Runners risk their lives staying ahead of a train through a tunnel, swimmers likewise diving into a river from a six story building, cruelty among children, guilt-sustaining ghost of a teenager horribly killed in a car accident. The writing is good enough that the stories are disturbing. The point of view is somehow more (and, we suspect, necessarily) emotionally bound up with violence than you would get, say, with the elegant distance of Alice Munro on car accidents. But this is very good, precisely-aimed, figurative language. 7.2 /8.4

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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