Immediately before his tragic death, stuttering mechanic Dave visits his younger brother Denny with a note for their sister Dianne. “D-don’t r-read it. D-don’t open it. D-don’t n-nothing it,” Dave commands before taking off one last time for the abandoned family cabin at Mahihkan Lake, a place where disputes are settled with shotguns and arson is written off as an act of God. After the funeral — and a brief stint in rehab for the gin-dependent Denny — he and Dianne head north to spread their adopted brother’s ashes and attempt to rebuild their fractured relationship. Meanwhile Harold, a truck driver who has lost everything, sets out on a solo canoe trip towards his own cabin at Mahihkan, but a series of mishapsleaves him bruised, drenched, and possibly losing his mind, as he thinks a wolf might be stalking him northward.
- Shortlisted for the 2016 Saskatchewan Book Award for Fiction
Feeding at Nine.
Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 2006.
187 pp., pbk., $17.95.
Short stories, Canadian (English).
Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.
Review by Shannon Ozirny.
ISBN 1-894345-46-0; paper; $16.95; 180 pages, trade paper; September, 2002
$16.95 Cdn; $14.95 US
Once again R.P. MacIntyre ups the speed limit with a collection of stories that are journeys into the delight and terror of emerging self-consciousness.
From a strange party in honour of a dying hamster to a young man's quest to find his missing sister, Revved resonates with the authentic experiences of today's youth and the reverberations of their extraordinary imaginations.
These are gripping stories about the mysterious distance between teenaged raconteurs and the adventures they experience. Readers of all ages will enjoy this supercharged collection.
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