Des Howell is a former rock 'n' roll star who never leaves his secluded oceanfront mansion. Naked, rich and fabulously deranged, he subsists on a steady diet of whiskey, pharmaceuticals and jelly doughnuts and occasionally works on his masterpiece, "Whale Music." One day, upon awakening from his usual drunken stupor, Des discovers on his sofa a young alien from the faraway universe of Toronto. This girl has made the trek to Des' hideaway because she believes in the "Whale Music" and she's crazy enough to think that Des can make a comeback hit with his mad magnum opus--
The author of eight novels, Paul Quarrington is also a musician, an award-winning screenwriter, a filmmaker, a playwright and an acclaimed non-fiction writer. He won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for Whale Music in 1989 and the Stephen Leacock Medal the year before for King Leary.
"Fast-paced, zany and knowledgeable — bursting with humour and wit."
—The Toronto Star
"Quarrington has the reader straining to hear the chords, anticipating the concert, cheering for Des to complete his lonely suite."
"A poignant portrait... Quarrington is a wild, original, thoroughly Canadian, surprisingly mature national treasure."
"Exceptionally inventive...Entertainingly written...Quarrington has a ribald, animated prose style all his own."
—The New York Times Book Review
"The best novel written about rock 'n 'roll."