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  • Published: 7 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787332867
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $45.00

Animal Person



The highly anticipated follow-up to Alexander MacLeod's critically acclaimed debut, Animal Person is a wry and perfectly-observed collection of short stories about intimacy, family and the struggle to connect

Animal Person is a collection of startling juxtapositions. Criminals and bystanders, siblings and strangers, infants, adolescents, young parents, and the elderly, mammals, reptiles and fish: unexpected encounters occur and every meeting is an opportunity for recognition or rejection.

An empty-nest couple, separated after years of coexisting, find themselves pulled into the dreams of their silent, gazing rabbit; a mysterious passenger in search of his missing suitcase roams through the caverns of a 1970s LA airport; a piano recital goes wildly astray; and a great-aunt refuses to apologise as she struggles to find a place for everything in the tight space of her senior's apartment. In the adjoining motel room, a serial killer plans his next move; and a petty argument between two sisters is interrupted by an unexpected visitor.

The eight stories in Animal Person are filled with wonder and yearning as MacLeod captures the fleeting intensities that shape all of our lives. MacLeod is a master of the short story form, and this is a collection that beats with raw emotion and shimmers with the complexity of our shared human experience.

  • Published: 7 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787332867
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $45.00

About the author

Alexander MacLeod

Alexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first collection of short stories (Light Lifting, Biblioasis 2010), was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Prize, two Atlantic Book Awards, and went on to become a national bestseller. Alexander holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill; he currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and teaches at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

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Praise for Animal Person

Alexander MacLeod's control of cadence and rhythm is so complete that it seems effortless. These stories offer a real pleasure which comes from the sense of life and emotional honesty in them... They contain a rare kind of truthfulness.

Colm Toibin (Light Lifting)

A thoughtful, beautifully crafted, big-hearted work.

Anne Enright (Light Lifting)

Brilliant...engrossing, thrilling and ultimately satisfying: each story has the weight of a novel.

Economist (Light Lifting)

Taut to a point of richness, deft in the dark, with an understanding of narrative suspense that's somehow actually beautiful, Light Lifting is a powerful collection and the debut of a writer clearly a master of the form.

Ali Smith (Light Lifting)

Alexander MacLeod looks like a heavyweight in the making.

Irish Times (Light Lifting)

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