Twenty stories--funny, spooky, intense, magical--by actor, playwright and writer Daniel Lillford. Many of the tales explore a certain fishing community on the South Shore of Nova Scotia; others take us as far afield as the Channel Islands.
Illustrations by Jesse Lillford-Brighton.
6x9 inches, 210 pages
From the foreword
The slightly indeterminate quality of the landscape enables place to act at times as a relief, as a background for almost biblical stories of human lives. At other times this landscape also appears forceful, not to be ignored, neither by the characters in the stories, nor us, the readers.
What I mean by 'biblical' is in the sense that these are stories of characters and their life lessons. But these life lessons do not prescribe an obvious sense of morality. They are foundational stories; there is love, infidelity, sentimentality and loss, family relations, stiffened gender relations, aging, resignation and death.
In general, life lessons might have a quality of everydayness, but Lillford’s stories are funny, contrary, twisted and sometimes dark. There is nothing ordinary. Readers will quickly give up predicting how a story might end…
Daniel Lillford writes with a precision, a presence, an awareness of complexities of feelings, and with a great sense of humour. This I envy, and appreciate having in my life. It is a gift.
- from the forward by G. B. Ween