The Untimely Resurrection of John Alexander MacNeil

John Alexander MacNeil is back with another astonishing adventure. The ninety-year-old still lives alone on the blessed isle of Cape Breton. He still sometimes makes tea for his wife, who died decades ago. He accepts his lonely life, ignoring the world changing around him. But one night, he feels his heart stop. After willing himself back to life with sheer stubbornness, John Alex finds Death himself sitting at his kitchen table, perplexed and intrigued by his victim’s recovery. What follows is a tale on the edge of reality, full of love, doubt and the inexplicable details of an extraordinary life. Keeping what wits he has about him, John Alex needs to muster all the wisdom and courage he has to protect those around him from the dangers of an ever-changing world and the grim reaper he has come to know.

In his 103rd book, acclaimed author of The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil takes the reader through another beautiful adventure about time and love. Lesley Choyce tackles topics like dementia, elder sexuality and assisted dying with humour and grace.


The Unlikely Redemption of John Alexander MacNeil was a word-of-mouth sensation, selling over 730 copies in our small community since 2017. What a pleasure to be reacquainted with John Alexander, an endearingly crotchety and kind character. Despite describing himself as “beyond my expiry date” he has lots of thoughts and adventures to entertain his lucky readers. Reading this sequel is like catching up with an old friend, pulling up a chair to his kitchen table and reflecting that how you live really matters.”

– Mill Street Books, Almonte, Ontario


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216 Pages
8.5in * 5.5in * .25in


September 28, 2023


Fernwood Publishing



Book Subjects:

FICTION / Small Town & Rural



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