Galveston

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Random House of Canada, Limited, 2005 - 256 pages
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From one of Canada’s beloved fiction writers comes a tale of love and loss, guilt and forgiveness -- and finding redemption in the eye of a hurricane.

Few people seek out the tiny Caribbean island of Dampier Cay. Visitors usually wash up there by accident, rather than by design. But this weekend, three people will fly to the island deliberately. They are not coming for a tan or fun in the sun. They are coming because Dampier Cay is where it is, and they have reason to believe that they might encounter something there that most people take great measures to avoid -- a hurricane.

A lottery windfall and a few hours of selfishness have robbed Caldwell of all that was precious to him, while Beverly, haunted by tragedy and screwed by fate since birth, has given up on life. Also on the flight is Jimmy Newton, a professional storm chaser and videographer who will do anything for the perfect shot. Waiting for them at Dampier is the manager of the Water’s Edge Hotel, “Bonefish” Maywell Hope, who arrived at Dampier by the purest accident of all -- the accident of birth. A descendent of the pirates who sailed the Caribbean hundreds of years ago, Hope believes if he works hard enough, he can prevent the inevitable. Until, that is, the seas begin to rise . . .

Cinematic and harrowing, spiced with Quarrington’s trademark humour,Galvestonshows just how far people will go to feel alive.


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Review: Galveston

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

I did not enjoy this story at all. The writing was competant and kept me reading until the end, but the ending was dark. I think the description is misleading - I found no hope and no redemption. In ... Read full review

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User Review  - VWrulesChick - Goodreads

What happens when you have had a hard life, when you no longer have feeling, but numbness. Follow Caldwell, Beverly and Jimmy to Dampier Island where they are all obsessed with something. Local ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

The author of ten novels, Paul Quarrington was also a musician (most recently in the band Porkbelly Futures), an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, and an acclaimed non-fiction writer.

Paul Quarrington's novel,Galveston, was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize;King Learywon the CBC's 2008 Canada Reads competition and the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal; andWhale Musicwas awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction. Recently, Porkbelly Futures' self-titled second CD has been released to widespread acclaim, and Paul Quarrington's short film adaptation ofThe Ravine, entitledPavane, was featured in the Moving Stories Short Film Festival. Paul Quarrington's non-fiction writing includes books on some of his favourite pastimes, such as fishing, hockey, and music. A regular contributor of book reviews, travel columns, and journalism to Canada's national newspapers and magazines, he also taught writing at Humber College and the University of Toronto.

Paul Quarringon passed away in January 2010.

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