Nova Scotians know how to love. Lesley Choyce discovered that after enticing 16 writers to submit a story based around this emotion for a compilation titled Nova Scotia Love Stories. At the time, he had no idea what the outcome would be, although he notes in the introduction a hunch that each of these gifted Nova Scotia writers would bring some surprising element into the mix.
All of the authors are household names – including Sheldon Currie, Jim Lotz, Carol Bruneau, Don Aker and Silver Donald Cameron – so it’s no surprise to find superb writing done with imagination and style. What is surprising, however, is the mix of fiction, non-fiction, and the in-between. It’s a satisfying smorgasbord of tales spanning life experiences that range from sweet to sour, from sombre to humorous to the downright inspirational.
Readers will come away with lots to ponder about the complexity of relationships in general, and the meaning of love in particular.