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