Winner of the Writers' Trust of Canada Journey Prize
Winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal
Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year
Longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
Longlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize
A search and rescue volunteer looks for a missing snowboarder on Christmas Eve. Two brothers retreat to the woods to shoot a film in memory of their dead friend. A reclusive forestry worker picks up a hitchhiker on his way down Mount Seymour. A young man finds a temporary haven on the ice barge where he works.
In this collection of award-winning stories, Tyler Keevil uses the rugged landscape of Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet—where the city meets the mountains and civilization meets the wild—as a backdrop for characters struggling against the elements, each other and themselves.
Written in a lean, muscular style, these are stories awash in blood and brine, and steeped in images of freedom and confinement.
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About the Author
Tyler Keevil was born in Edmonton, grew up in Vancouver, and in his mid-twenties moved to Wales. He is the author of three novels—Fireball, The Drive and No Good Brother—and his short fiction has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies in Britain, Canada and the United States. He has received a number of awards for his writing, including the Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize, the Wales Book of the Year People’s Prize and the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize (for “Sealskin,” in this collection). Among other things, he has worked as a tree planter, ice barge deckhand and shipyard labourer; he is now a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.
Table of Contents
Carving Through Woods on a Snowy Evening 23
Tokes From the Wild 43
Scrap Iron 85
There's a War Coming 97
The Art of Shipbuilding 111
Shooting Fish in a Stream 121
Reaching Out 167