Jack Hodgins’s acclaimed short story collection immerses us into 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. A Canadian pianist in Germany writes home to congratulate her parents on their wedding anniversary, only to reveal much more than she intended about two marriages — and links between some of the stories.
With settings ranging from 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 is the author of seven novels, including The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne, winner of the Governor General’s Award, Broken Ground, winner of the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction, and Distance; and three books of short fiction. In 2006, he was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence and the Terasen Lifetime Achievement Award for an outstanding literary career in British Columbia. He lives on Vancouver Island.
“A splendid achievement, these stories pulsate with humanity. Jack Hodgins understands the strength and fragility that links our future to the past.”
— Alistair MacLeod
“Gentle yet unsettling, [the stories show] promise of a melodrama or climax that morphs into something far less easy or obvious. . . . Powerful and challenging”
— Quill & Quire
“This is a masterful collection [from] a writer at the height of his powers. It guarantees Hodgins a high place among the gratifyingly large number of fine short-story writers that have graced Canadian literature in recent decades. This is a volume that should on no account be missed.”
— Books in Canada