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Maclean (2nd edition)

by Allan Donaldson

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war & military
list price: $16.95
category: Fiction
published: 2014
publisher: Nimbus Publishing
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  • Short-listed, Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize
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Twenty-five years after the Great War, John Maclean is still struggling to carve out a meaningful existence in his small New Brunswick hometown.

One late summer day he embarks on a seemingly prosaic search for a little money, a little booze, and a birthday gift for his mother. But he’s haunted by memories—of war, of his cruel father, of opportunities wasted and lost—and each moment is shadowed by his bleak history. Shell-shocked and alcoholic, Maclean is divided between a lonely present and a violent past.

With clean and evocative prose, author Allan Donaldson exquisitely depicts a shattered war veteran’s search for peace. New edition.

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"When he had finished, he washed his face and hands and combed his hair. He was going to have to look like a man who could do some work, a man not on the booze, a man merely down on his luck a little through no fault of his own, a man deserving of a little consideration even in this inconsiderate world."

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About the Author

Allan Donaldson

Allan Donaldson was born in Taber, Alberta, but grew up in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He studied English literature at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and the University of London, and he spent a teaching career in the English department at UNB. He is also the author of a book of short stories, Paradise Siding, and a novel, The Case Against Owen Williams. He lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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