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Spit Delaney's Island

by Jack Hodgins

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short stories (single author)
list price: $18.99
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category: Fiction
published: 2011
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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Spit Delaney's Island: Selected Stories

In this collection of short stories first published in 1976, Hodgins creates unique, tough and quirky characters living in small towns on Vancouver Island. An engineer loses the love of his life and a radio DJ spends his life trying to spite his family. Set against the backdrop of farming life and the logging industry, these stories are about love gone wrong and lives left unfulfilled.

Hodgins has written many short story collections and novels including The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne. This book won the Eaton’s Book Prize when it was first published.

Caution: Use of the term “Indian”. Includes coarse language. Describes sex, physical and domestic violence, and keeping a disabled child locked away in unhealthy conditions.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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  • Short-listed, Finalist for Governor General's Award
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Jack Hodgins‘ first book, published originally in 1976, is once again in print — in a new edition. Winner of the Eaton's Book Prize and nominated for the Governor General's Award, Spit Delaney's Island, a collection of short stories, put Vancouver Island on the map as a Canadian literary locale and set Hodgins off on his literary career. Hodgins' prose brings Vancouver Island to life in its touch, its taste and the sound of its dialects — a determinedly real world. At the same time he imbues his people with a sense that there is something more that they cannot see but which they sense and strive towards — a mystery or even magic that they can almost touch but which remains forever elusive. Often compared to Faulkner's fiction of the deep South, Hodgins' stories develop through people who seem to live at the edge of the world, always in danger of falling off that edge. There is Spit himself, the keeper of a steam locomotive that has been exiled to Ottawa for display; there are loggers, country wives, bookstore owners, and people who “live up the mountain” in isolated communes.

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Editorial Review

“Jack Hodgin's stories do one of the best things fiction can do — they reveal the extra dimension of the real place, they light up the crazy necessities of real life.” —Alice Munro

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About the Author

Jack Hodgins

Jack Hodgins was raised in Merville, on Vancouver Island. He has written seven novels and three short story collections, including Spit Delaney's Island and The Invention of the World. Hodgins’ fiction has won numerous awards, including the Governor General’s Award. He and his wife Dianne live in Victoria, BC.

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