Neil McKinnon
   
 

Neil McKinnon was raised in Saskatchewan and served in the Royal Canadian Navy before working as a businessman, archaeologist, university lecturer, and freelance writer in China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. His articles have appeared in Canadian, Japanese, Mexican and US publications, and his book Tuckahoe Slidebottle was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Award for humour and for the Alberta Book Award for short fiction. He has served on literary juries and has also edited and published academically. He is a pensioner and long distance runner. When not visiting family in Vancouver, McKinnon and his wife of fifty years, Judy, live in Mexico.

 

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NOVEL

248 pages / paper

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ISBN: 978-1-77187-062-7
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Neil McKinnon

“Love is actually a blend of science and art, and like any science or art, it must be studied. It must be approached with the right attitude and from the right angle—from the point of view of finding someone to love — not of finding someone to love you.”

This is the key lesson that self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Lover, eighty-year-old Alberto Camelo, aims to teach his skeptical neighbour Adriana in this comical novel about sexuality, relationships, and aging. Hilarity ensues as Alberto recounts the lascivious details of his lifetime of experience including his first brief sexual encounter in the garden to his marriage to a gold-digger. He frankly recounts his exhaustion at being tasked with a lover whose spontaneous ecstasy becomes too much for him to handle, his short-lived stint in the navy, and how he ran a franchise of “specialty” restaurants — into the ground, that is.


Alberto is never shy about revealing the many wrong turns he has taken during his travels into the realm of romance or about offering philosophical (and often hilariously misguided) musings on the differences between men and women. An aura of absurdity pervades this humorous satire of a life characterized by awkward amorous encounters, lascivious liaisons, and erotic irreverence.

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short fiction

224 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-897235-07-2
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Neil McKinnon

 

What happens in the small prairie town of Tuckahoe? An irresponsible drifter fakes a unique illness to break an engagement . . . a preacher stops a feud by performing an impromptu wedding . . . a minister’s wife rescues a young man from the threat of blindness . . . a woman scandalizes a town by naming her children after different fathers . . . a schoolteacher finds love on a woodpile . . . a wanted man starts a new life in a piano box . . . and a hen-pecked husband repairs his marriage by getting drunk and losing his money. Neil McKinnon’s debut collection kicks up some dust, skews small town hokum, and offers a wrap on the knuckles for the individuals of the classic prairie town of Tuckahoe. Thoughout the desperation and adversity rides an undercurrent of sly humour.

  • Nominated for the 2007 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour

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