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Galveston (2004) [Novel]
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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 descendant 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.

Original title: Galveston
Alternative titles: Storm Chasers
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Galveston

Galveston (2004)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "It's brilliant; I loved every page of it. It has a lovely lightness, the words and characters, and it manages always to be funny and real." Roddy Doyle
  • "A terrific novel, as impressive for its compassionate inquiry into the psychology of obsession as for its remarkable narrative urgency." Barbara Gowdy
  • "Lovely and amazing... A stylistic tour de force; readers will be — yes — blown away. Galveston is a novel of great compassion; Quarrington does a knockout job of conveying to us the importance of every human breath." Quill & Quire
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Galveston (April 2005)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 9780679312383
Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 x 0.8 in
Pages: 247

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Galveston (2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: Random House Canada
ISBN: 9780679312369
Pages: 247

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Storm Chasers (2004)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312342814
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.3 x 0.9 in
Pages: 247

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