Animal Person: Stories (Hardcover)

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Alexander MacLeod’s highly anticipated second collection Animal Person, carries us to the edge and then waits, for just a second, in that pure moment of stillness between desire and action.

She’d been wandering, badly, for a very long time. Most days, she saw herself as a forever busy person who always had too much to do. Too much of everything and not enough time. But then, suddenly, it could turn around and she’d feel like a person who had nothing at all. One sensation might follow right after the other or, sometimes, both arrived at the same time. Too much and nothing. Or too much, then nothing.

Alexander MacLeod’s writing contains “a rare kind of truthfulness” (Colm Tóibín). In this collection, his stories recenter the focus of human drama. An empty-nest couple, separated after years of coexisting, find themselves pulled into the dreams of their silent, gazing rabbit; a mysterious passenger wanders through the caverns of a 1970s LA airport in search of a missing suitcase; a proud great-aunt refuses to apologize as she works to find the right place for everything in her crowded senior’s complex. In the adjoining motel room, a serial killer plans his next move. A petty argument between two sisters is interrupted by an unexpected visitor.

For MacLeod, the rhythm of our days is continuous, even relentless. Yet among its beats and measures, across the passing years and seasons, he finds moments of pause, sharp points of inflection, and flashes of clarity that illuminate our closest relationships and our most desperate needs.

Animal Person sets off the full-bodied, fully felt experience of the everyday with true literary mastery.

About the Author

Alexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton, and was raised in Windsor, Ontario. The winner of a 2019 O. Henry Prize, his first collection, Light Lifting, was short-listed for the Giller Prize, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was a national bestseller. MacLeod holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill; he lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and teaches at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

Praise For…

"These stories center on moments—some dramatic, some seemingly small—when lives are altered irrevocably. MacLeod is a gifted stylist, and all the more impressive for his subtlety. While each story in Animal Person is memorable, “The Closing Date” is the volume’s masterpiece, and one of the most powerful and unnerving stories I have ever read." —Ron Rash, author of In the Valley

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374602222
ISBN-10: 0374602220
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Pages: 256
Language: English