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Distance
Jack Hodgins
0771041721
October 2004
Paperback
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Review
“Without equivocation, Distance is the best novel of the year, an intimate tale of fathers and sons with epic scope and mythic resonances.… A masterwork from one of Canada’s too-little-appreciated literary giants.”
Vancouver Sun

“A glorious, funny, redemptive look at the losses of faith we all suffer as we grow older and our need to still try to hold on to what matters.”
–David Adams Richards

“It is, simply, a fundamentally human tale stunningly told.… It’s funny and touching, with a hard-earned sentimentality that rings utterly true.”
National Post

“[Distance has] a universal theme that will resonate with readers everywhere.… Hodgins is an expert storyteller. His...


Invention of the World
Jack Hodgins
0771098715
December 1994
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
Then, Donal Keneally, an Irish giant who thought he could invent the world, led a band of faithful followers from rural Ireland to Vancouver Island in search of Eden. In the course of his search, he founded the Revelations Colony of Truth.

Now, Maggie Kyle runs an extraordinary boarding house on the original site of the Colony, and she and her irrepressible boarders search out Keneally’s story as a key to their own roots and even the possibility of love.

Originally published in 1977, The Invention of the World is Jack Hodgins’ first novel.

Inside Flap Copy
Then, Donal Keneally, an Irish giant who thought he could invent the world, led a band of faithful followers from rural Ireland to Vancouver Island in search of Eden. In the course of his...


Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction
Jack Hodgins
0771041985
January 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Described as "a book of inspiration and practical exercises for fiction writers," this work examines all the aspects of writing, from getting started through setting, character, plot, structure, revision, and a final section entitled "And now what?" Novelist Hodgins identifies the range of options available at each stage; quoting other writers, many of whom are little known in this country, he makes this book a voyage of discovery. Grammar is not discussed, nor is motivation; Hodgins presumes both. He does not presume knowledge of the terminology of writing, though, and is careful to explain terms before discussing each concept. In each chapter, exercises and a reading list further illuminate the points discussed. Divided into discrete sections, this book can be used as a reference tool, but it should be read...


Resurrection of Joseph Bourne
Jack Hodgins
0771098723
October 1997
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
When an unknown woman steps off a beached Peruvian freighter and walks into the Vancouver Island town of Port Annie, nothing can ever be quite the same. Stalwart citizens, tired of their milltown routine, grasp at a fresh subject for gossip. Others are suddenly prepared to make momentous decisions. But eccentric old Joseph Bourne, who knows that the endless rain is going to bring a landslide down on the town, is certain that the mysterious woman has come looking for him.

Jack Hodgins’ comic masterpiece is filled with social satire, and it is also filled with love, which permits this ordinary town to recollect the past with affection, and to begin its history again.

First published in 1979, The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.


Spit Delaney's Island
Jack Hodgins
0771098707
September 1992
Mass Market Paperback
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Broken Ground
Jack Hodgins
0771041837
August 1999
Paperback
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Review
#1 Book of Fiction for 1998 “Absolutely enthralling.”
Quill & Quire Jury

“Jack Hodgins’ latest novel is destined to become an indispensable tool for comprehending this country.…At moments when his characters and his landscape are deeply intertwined – whether moments of horror or lyrical delight – the results are magical.”
Toronto Star

Broken Ground is rich and complex, gradually drawing the reader into its many threads while vividly portraying the Canadian soldiers’ experience in the First World War and their subsequent struggle to carve a life out of the wilderness while dealing with the past. This is a finely written fictional history that touches, informs, and makes you...


Damage Done by the Storm
Jack Hodgins
0771041527
September 2004
Hardcover
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Review
Gentle yet unsettling, [the stories show] promise of a melodrama or climax that morphs into something far less easy or obvious.… powerful and challenging…”
Quill & Quire

Book Description
Every story is so different that there is something for everyone here. “Balance” is a story about a bored and (we think) boring orthotics sculptor – until we find that he has fallen in love with the feet of one of his distant patients, and has done something about it. “This Summer’s House” describes a Vancouver Island family that rents a new summer house each year for the central event, a great family get-together that reminds us of a modern version of Chekhov. “Over Here” is an innocent story told by a 10-year-old boy...


Innocent Cities
Jack Hodgins
0771041977
April 2002
Paperback
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Review
“A perfect tragicomedy, slipping and sliding from raucous laughter to bitter sadness and back again. Hodgins has once again set himself the task of inventing a world in all its rich contradictions of desire fulfilled and lost; and he has succeeded brilliantly.”
Edmonton Journal

“Complex, intelligent, and artfully constructed…”
Books in Canada

“A freewheeling story of love and ambition.…”
Toronto Star

“Hodgins writes with infectious charm and boyish enthusiasm for eccentric and larger-than-life characters.…[He] is a writer of boundless energy and talent.…”
Ottawa Citizen

“Readers who enjoy Hodgins’ free play with reality, his ability to see the magical...


Macken Charm
Jack Hodgins
0771041969
April 2000
Paperback
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Review
The Macken Charm proves [Jack Hodgins] to be one of the best writers of novels in this country.…”
Quill & Quire (starred review)

The Macken Charm takes up the theme of the family with wild exuberance.…Hodgins is a funny writer and, in the comic tradition of W.O. Mitchell, Paul Quarrington and other tall-tale spinners, he can make you laugh out loud. He can also make you cry and there lies the gift of the storyteller.”
Kitchener-Waterloo Record

“Written in flawless prose – word for word, Hodgins is one of the country’s best writers.…”
Books in Canada

“It is a fine, funny, sad and readable [novel], a great yarn, the kind only an expert storyteller can...


Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Stephen Leacock
0771099843
May 1989
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
Long before Lake Wobegon became part of our collective fictional geography, there must've been other lakes on the radio. And there were. Stephen Leacock's Lake Wissanotti, right outside the town of Mariposa, was one of Canada's most popular and endearing fictional places. This reissue of a 1946 CBC Stage Series adaptation of Leacock's comic sketches and observations offers a double layer of nostalgia by taking a fond look back at early twentieth-century small-town Canadian life through the venue of 1940s radio. The voices, acting styles, big-production, and comic use of the well-written musical score are very representative of the best from that "Golden Age" of radio. Being faithfully transported to a gentler, simpler time provides a good introduction to Leacock's bright Canadian spirit. B.P. © AudioFile 2002,...

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