Fiction. Short Fiction. Jack Hodgins' acclaimed short story collection now appears in a new edition, along with a new Hodgins story never before published. The collection as a whole immerses us in the lives of characters at once larger than life and intimately familiar. In the title story, a retired senator fights his way through a major Ottawa snowstorm to keep a family promise. An orthotics sculptor falls in love with the plaster feet of one of his distant patients. On a tour of Mississippi, a Faulkner scholar and her photographer son nudge against touchy issues of race. A ten-year-old farm boy tries to keep a secret about the girl next door. An elderly Vancouver Island couple learns that their distant uncle plans to leave everything to them, in what proves to be a mixed blessing. With settings including Australia, Germany, Ottawa, Mississippi, and the Vancouver Island logging and farming communities that have featured so prominently in his books, DAMAGE DONE BY THE STORM is vintage Jack Hodgins, at his highly crafted best.
Jack Hodgins grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, and taught high school in Nanaimo and creative writing classes at the University of Ottawa before moving to teach in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria. His numerous publications include THE INVENTION OF THE WORLD (Ronsdale Press, 2010), SPIT DELANEY'S ISLAND (Ronsdale Press, 2011), THE BARCLAY FAMILY THEATRE (Ronsdale Press, 2012), THE RESURRECTION OF JOSEPH BOURNE (Ronsdale Press, 2013), Broken Ground, The Master of Happy Endings, CADILLAC CATHEDRAL (Ronsdale Press, 2014), and DAMAGE DONE BY THE STORM (Ronsdale Press, 2019). He has taught writing workshops in Spain, Australia, and Germany, as well as in several provinces in Canada. His work has won many awards, including the Governor General's Award, the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Canada-Australia Prize, and the Victoria City Butler Prize. He has been awarded three honorary degrees, and in 2010 was inducted into the Order of Canada. He and his wife Dianne live in Victoria.Author City: VICTORIA, BC CAN