Sealskin by Tyler KeevilSealskin by Tyler Keevil


byTyler Keevil

Paperback | September 3, 2018

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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.
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 DriveandNo 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 writ...
Title:SealskinFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 5.5 X 8.5 X 1 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 5.5 X 8.5 X 1 inPublished:September 3, 2018Publisher:Locarno PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1988996015

ISBN - 13:9781988996011

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Praise for Sealskin: "I was blown away. Beautiful writing . stunning." Miraim Toews (author of All My Puny Sorrows) "Vividly told in muscular prose, Keevil''s stories are compelling evocations of isolation and strength in an often unforgiving landscape." Carys Bray (author of A Song For Issy Bradley) "Beneath the deceptively calm surface of these spare and beautiful stories, mad passions boil. There is a transatlantic tradition of studying the interaction between men and nature, in such figures as Hemingway, Carver, McGuane; now Keevil extends and enriches that lineage. He truly is that good." Niall Griffiths (author of Grits & Kelly & Victor) "''Sealskin'' is a stunner: straightforward and unadorned, but humming with subsurface power. Possessed of a sturdy narrative backbone and unrelenting forward momentum, the story explores familiar themes - alienation, humanity''s relationship to nature, coming of age, and loss of innocence - but does so in a way that seems fresh and vibrant. Strong physical details adjoin keen psychological insights, and Keevil handily builds scenes that reverberate with insight and potency. Keevil has accomplished something rare: a story about rough masculinity that brims with emotion and pathos." The Writers Trust of Canada Journey Prize judges 2014 (Craig Davidson, Saleema Nawaz, and Steven W. Beattie) "Tyler Keevil''s ''Carving Through Woods on a Snowy Evening'' tells of a snowboarder, missing on a mountainside not long after an accident, being tracked by hopeful rescuers. ''Carving'' has ... storytelling rich in symbolism; subtle plot devices; and an ending that opens and sings." --New Welsh Review "Keevil''s writing has been compared to Raymond Carver''s and I can understand the comparison, although the voice is most definitely his own. As with Carver, Keevil''s stories are like ink on wet blotting paper there''s a dense dark core of story arc, spare but telling detail and dialogue, yet around that dense mass is an aureola of implied back narrative and a sense of a continuum past the final full stop." - CCQ Magazine "Burrard Inlet is, first and foremost, a collection of short stories that tries to recognise the relationship between humans and nature through separate human identities.... This is a piece of work that, without a doubt, should be added to a book-shelf of short-story lovers and novel aficionados alike." - Wales Arts Review "The masculine, often unforgiving scenarios which unfold here are a suitable fit for Keevil''s economical - if elegant - phrasing, but a strong moral core is ever-present, and sometimes vindication for the downtrodden." --Buzz Magazine Praise for The Drive: "A road novel like no other I''ve read. Trevor''s journey into the American Northwest, and his own subconscious, is wild, magical, dark and crazy." Matthew Francis (author of Mandeville) "I haven''t been as excited about reading a new writer since I read DBC Pierre''s Vernon God Little." Jasper Rees, Wales Book of the Year judge "Keevil is such an accomplished and confident stylist - inventive, engaging, casually hilarious" - New Welsh Review