Spit Delaney's Island
Short Stories (1976)
Spit Delaney's Island is Vancouver Island, and its
settings - the lush green forests, the pulp mills, the
all-encompassing sea, and the ferries crossing to the
mainland - permeate this stunning collection of short
fiction. Opening and closing with stories about Spit
Delaney himself, the operator of Old Number One steam
locomotive in the local mill, the volume travels
between the harsh world of its people's reality and
the comforts of their fantasies.
Winner of the Eaton's B.C.
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Humane and compassionate, Spit Delaney's Island, the
first collection of fiction from Jack Hodgins,
established him as a writer of extraordinary
imagination and dazzling humour.
"Jack Hodgins has done for the people of Vancouver
Island what John Steinbeck did for the inhabitants of
California's Salinas Valley and William Faulkner did
for the American South. He has burned them into the
The Gazette (Montreal)
"These are the early works of a great composer: the early chamber works of a man who has taught himself to write for a talking orchestra, with seats and parts for everyone in town."