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D. R. MacDonald is the pen name of David R. MacDonald, a Canadian-American writer who publishes novels and short stories.[1] Born in Boularderie, Nova Scotia and raised in Ohio, he is a professor emeritus of creative writing at Stanford University.[2] He still spend summers at the family homestead in Cape Breton Island, which he purchased in 1971, and his fiction is set in Cape Breton.[1]

D. R. MacDonald
BornDavid R. MacDonald
Boularderie, Nova Scotia
Occupationnovelist, short story writer
Notable worksCape Breton Road, Lauchlin of the Bad Heart

His novel Lauchlin of the Bad Heart was a longlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2007.


  • Eyestone (1988, short stories)
  • Cape Breton Road (2001, novel)
    • in German: Die Straße nach Cape Breton. Transl. Heidi Zerning. S. Fischer, Francfort 2002
  • All the Men Are Sleeping (2002, short stories)
  • Lauchlin of the Bad Heart (2007, novel)
  • Anna From Away (2012, novel)
  • The Ice Bridge (2013, novel)