All the Beloved Ghosts by Alison MacLeod

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A uniquely cohesive collection of short examinations of aging, death, and living, these stories are subtly moving and thoroughly engaging.
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An acutely observed, evocative collection of short stories blending fiction, biography, and memoir--from a Booker-longlisted author.

Evocative, sensual, and tender, these stories confront our reality culture and interrogate our relationship with iconic figures, coming to life at the boundary between reality and fiction.

A woman emerging from mourning spends her savings on a fur coat, a coat she will wear to a dance that will change her life. 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; by 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. Moving from the London riots of 2011 to 1920s Nova Scotia, from Oscar Wilde's grave to the Brighton Pier, these exquisitely formed stories capture the small tragedies and profound truths of existence.
 

About Alison MacLeod

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Alison MacLeod is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her most recent novel, Unexploded, was longlisted for the 2013 Man-Booker Prize and was a Book of the Year for The Observer. She’s been nominated for the BBC National Short Story Award and the Sunday Times EFG International Short Story Award. Born and raised in Canada, she is currently Professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester in England and an Eccles British Library Writer in Residence.
 
Published April 18, 2017 by Bloomsbury USA. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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A uniquely cohesive collection of short examinations of aging, death, and living, these stories are subtly moving and thoroughly engaging.

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