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Not to be confused with Aldous Huxley's
Aldous Huxley
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and a wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel...

 novel by the same name
Island (novel)
Island is the final book by English writer Aldous Huxley, published in 1962. It is the account of Will Farnaby, a cynical journalist who is shipwrecked on the fictional island of Pala. Island is Huxley's utopian counterpart to his most famous work, the 1932 novel Brave New World, itself often...

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Island is a book of short stories
Short story
A short story is a work of fiction that is usually written in prose, often in narrative format. This format tends to be more pointed than longer works of fiction, such as novellas and novels. Short story definitions based on length differ somewhat, even among professional writers, in part because...

 by Alistair MacLeod
Alistair MacLeod
Alistair MacLeod, OC is a noted Canadian author and retired professor of English at the University of Windsor.- Academic career :...

, published in 2000 by McClelland and Stewart
McClelland and Stewart
McClelland & Stewart Limited is a Canadian publishing company. It is partially owned by Random House of Canada, now a subsidiary of Bertelsmann....

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The book collects all of the short stories published in MacLeod's earlier collections, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
The Lost Salt Gift of Blood
The Lost Salt Gift of Blood is a collection of short stories by Canadian author Alistair MacLeod. It was originally published in 1976. All of the stories contained is the collection were later republished in the book Island, together with other works by Alistair MacLeod.According to the blurb of...

and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories
As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories
As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Canadian author Alistair MacLeod set predominantly in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and in Newfoundland. It was originally published in 1986. All of its stories were later republished in Island....

, as well as two previously unpublished stories. The volume was published because the success of MacLeod's 1999 debut novel
Debut novel
A debut novel is the first novel an author publishes. Debut novels are the author's first opportunity to make an impact on the publishing industry, and thus the success or failure of a debut novel can affect the ability of the author to publish in the future...

 No Great Mischief
No Great Mischief
No Great Mischief is a 1999 novel by Alistair MacLeod.The novel opens in the present day, with successful orthodontist Alexander MacDonald visiting his elderly older brother Calum in Toronto, Ontario...

revived interest in MacLeod's prior work, which was largely out of print by this time.

Stories

  • "The Boat"
  • "The Vastness of the Dark"
  • "The Golden Gift of Grey"
  • "The Return"
  • "In the Fall"
  • "The Lost Salt Gift of Blood"
  • "The Road to Rankin's Point"
  • "The Closing Down of Summer"
  • "To Every Thing There Is a Season"
  • "Second Spring"
  • "Winter Dog"
  • "The Tuning of Perfection"
  • "As Birds Bring Forth the Sun"
  • "Vision"
  • "Island"
  • "Clearances"