The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
(McClelland & Stewart, Toronto: 1992, c1976)
With an afterword by Joyce Carol Oates.
READ: May-June 2006
This is a book I had long wanted to read, supposed admirer of Canadian literature that I am. I have read one or two short stories of Alistair MacLeod's before. This is a collection of seven stories, all focused around family love and family relationships. They are all based in or focused on Cape Breton, but have meaning and value beyond those borders. There's a reason why Alistair MacLeod is commonly included in the canon of Can-Lit, and I am looking forward to reading more of his work in the future.