From the Publisher
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, Galveston shows just how far people will
go to feel alive.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
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
Paul Quarrington''s novel, Galveston, was
nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; King
Leary won the CBC''s 2008 Canada Reads competition and the
Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal; and Whale Music
was 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 of The Ravine, entitled
Pavane, 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.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: April 26, 2005
Publisher: Random House Of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0679312382
ISBN - 13: 9780679312383