Sunday, July 29

Book Review: Light Lifting

Title: Light Lifting

Author: Alexander MacLeod

Pages: 219

Summary: Alexander MacLeod's along-awaited first collection of his fiction offers a suite of darkly urban and unflinching elegies. These are elemental stories of work and is bonds, tragedy and tragedy barely averted but also of beauty, love and fragile understanding.

Miracle Mile
Wonder About Parents
Light Lifting
Adult Beginner I
The Loop
Good Kids
The Number Three

My Rating: 9/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: A very enjoyable collection of short stories, which were darker than some of the other short story collections I've read, but the author does an excellent job at examining the human psyche, and creating stories of people at their best and worst moments in life.

There were a few times, the writing and ending of the story was almost haunting. In both Miracle Mile and Adult Beginner I, Miracle Mile. Both interesting stories, but the ending is both unexpected and gives you chills. Especially Adult Beginner I. The Loop was another story that will leave an impact on you. Although the majority of the stories in the collection will leave some kind of impression on the reader, these are some of the ones worth mentioning.

Superb writing style, I will seek out more from this author, as he's very talented at short story writing. Well developed plot and characterization makes a nearly perfect short story collection. Fantastic read overall!

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was an excellent collection of short stories, darker than some of the other collections I read, but extremely well done and worth reading.

What to read next: This Cake is For the Party (also a 2010 Giller Finalist, and collection of short stories), Also try out Alistair MacLeod

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge VI, New Author Challenge, Short Story Challenge


  1. I don't often read short stories, but when I do, I am always pleased and surprised at how much an author can do with such a small space. Though these sound rather dark, I am interested now that I hear that they are all stories that will twist your brains and emotions. Excellent review today!

    1. This is a short story collection that is a must read. Dark and twisted at times, but so well written.