The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil

By Lesley Choyce  

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award!

John Alexander MacNeil is eighty years old. Sharp-tongued and quick-witted, he lives alone in rural Cape Breton, but he still cooks breakfast for his wife, who’s been dead for thirty years. He silently starts to question his own mind after stopping to pick up a hitchhiker — a hitchhiker who turns out to be his neighbour’s mailbox.

Everything shifts, though, when Emily, a pregnant teenager, shows up at his house with no place else to go. Determined to help Emily as best as he can, John must also keep the wolves from his door and maintain some semblance of sanity.

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil is a compelling, witty and heartwarming novel by renowned Nova Scotia author Lesley Choyce.

The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil, Lesley Choyce demonstrates again his prolific gift for storytelling… Enjoyable, entertaining and thought-provoking.

— Frank MacDonald, author of A Possible Madness

His body of work defies categorization.

— Macleans

A national treasure.

— Ottawa Citizen

Life enhancing, LIfe celebrating

— Quill & Quire

Roseway Publishing
  • Fiction
  • ISBN: 9781552669204
  • March 2017
  • 228 Pages
  • $21.00
  • For sale worldwide
  • Kindle
  • ISBN: 9781552669228
  • May 2017
  • For sale worldwide
  • EPUB
  • ISBN: 9781552669211
  • May 2017
  • $20.99
  • For sale worldwide
  • Short-listed, Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award (2017)

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  • The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil hooked me from the first page…

    — Consumed by Ink, October 2017 (full review)

  • “The storytelling skills of Lesley Choyce and his loveable hero take everything to a most satisfying conclusion.”

    — Winnipeg Free Press, March 2017 (full review)


  • Lesley Choyce

    Lesley Choyce is the author of more than 100 books of literary fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He runs Pottersfield Press and has worked as editor with a wide range of Canadian authors. Choyce has been teaching English and creative writing at Dalhousie and other universities for over forty years. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, Atlantic Poetry Prize and Ann Connor Brimer Award and has been short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award. In 2022 he was given the Atlantic Legacy Award for his “lasting contribution to the development of the literary arts in Atlantic Canada.” He surfs year-round in the North Atlantic.

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