Burrard Inlet

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Burrard Inlet is the body of water that divides Vancouver's North Shore from the rest of the Lower Mainland. In this collection of award-winning stories, Tyler Keevil uses that rugged landscape—where the city meets the mountains, and civilization meets the wild—as a backdrop for characters struggling against the elements, each other, and themselves.


Tyler Keevil's short fiction has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies and has also won several awards, most notably the Writers' Trust of Canada Journey Prize. His first two novels, Fireball and The Drive, were both nominated for the Wales Book of the Year and both received the Wales Book of the Year People's Prize.


"Vividly told in muscular prose, Keevil's stories are compelling evocations of isolation and strength in an often unforgiving landscape." —Carys Bray, author of A Song for Issy Bradley

"Beneath the deceptively calm surface of these spare and beautiful stories, mad passions boil. There is a transatlantic tradition of studying the interaction between men and nature, in such figures as Hemingway, Carver, McGuane; now Keevil extends and enriches that lineage. He truly is that good." —Niall Griffiths, author of Grits, Runt, and Kelly & Victor

"Burrard Inlet is, first and foremost, a collection of short stories that tries to recognise the relationship between humans and nature through separate human identities...This is a piece of work that, without a doubt, should be added to a book-shelf of short-story lovers and novel aficionados alike." —Wales Arts Review

"The masculine, often unforgiving scenarios which unfold here are a suitable fit for Keevil's economical - if elegant - phrasing, but a strong moral core is ever-present, and sometimes vindication for the downtrodden." —Buzz Magazine

"Keevil's writing has been compared to Raymond Carver's and I can understand the comparison, although the voice is most definitely his own. As with Carver, Keevil's stories are like ink on wet blotting paper there's a dense dark core of story arc, spare but telling detail and dialogue, yet around that dense mass is an aureola of implied back narrative and a sense of a continuum past the final full stop." —CCQ Magazine