Monday, July 01, 2013

Reader's Diary #1035- Lesley McAllister: The Return

Looking for a Canadian short story for Canada Day, I didn't expect to end up in Scotland. However, that's exactly where Lesley McAllister's story "The Return," the third place winner in the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, takes us.

In "The Return" we follow a Canadian narrator as she searches for a suitable place to scatter her mother's ashes near the latter's childhood home in Glasgow. All the while there seems to be a balancing of the two intuitively conflicting adages, "you can never go home again" and "the more things change, the more they stay the same."

The story also deals with Alzheimer's Disease, which as I mentioned earlier this year has a personal connection for me, but I have a feeling that without it, I'd probably be complaining about the story being too melancholy and subtle (the two-fold CanLit curse).

In any case, happy Canada Day?

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