All the Beloved Ghosts
FICTION / Short Stories
May 30, 2017
5.7 x 8.2 x 0.7 in
Governor General's Literary Awards - Fiction 2017, Short-listed
- Author Bio
From 1920s Nova Scotia to the London riots of 2011, from Oscar Wilde’s grave to the Brighton Pavilion, these exquisitely formed stories capture the small tragedies and profound truths of existence.
Evocative, sensual, and tender, these stories confront reality culture and interrogate our relationship with iconic figures, coming to life at the boundary between reality and fiction. A professor of cardiovascular physiology lingers on the cusp of consciousness as he waits for his new heart to be delivered, still beating, from another body—and is carried on a tidal wave of memories to an attic room half a century ago. Visiting Sylvia Plath’s grave in Yorkshire, the author imagines a conversation with the poet, a fellow North American who settled in grey England. She reflects on the treasured photograph of Princess Diana she took as a teenager, one of a multitude taken during a life cut short. And at Charleston, Angelica Garnett, child of the Bloomsbury Group, is overpowered by echoes of the past—all the beloved ghosts that spring to life before her eyes. MacLeod’s characters hover on the border of life and death, where memory is most vivid and the present most elusive.
AWARDS CONTENDER: MacLeod’s most recent novel, Unexploded, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
CANADIAN CONTENT: One of the stories in this collection is inspired by her great-aunt and is set in Nova Scotia.
MASTER OF THE STORY FORM: Her stories have been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, and commissioned and broadcast by the BBC.
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“MacLeod has an engaged delight in the stuff of life.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“MacLeod knows that life and death, the terrible and the mundane always co-exist—her genius lies in illustrating these truths while simultaneously spinning a bona fide page turner.”—Daily Mail
“MacLeod’s fictions are modern indeed…tender; pierced; translucent…[Her] characters are strong, and they are worth listening to.”—The Guardian