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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The late Paul Quarrington is known for his comic novels, but the humour in Galveston is as pitch-black as a stormy night. Two lost souls—a mother consumed by grief and a man whose lottery win doesn’t make up for a lifetime of rotten luck—meet on a tiny Caribbean island. They make a connection thanks to their shared fascination with hurricanes…like the one that’s slowly bearing down on them. A cocky storm chaser looking for career-making footage and a beatific hotel manager lighten the darkening mood as Quarrington explores themes of fate, forgiveness, and redemption.