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The Macken Charm


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About the Author

Jack Hodgins was born and raised on Vancouver Island. He taught Creative Writing at a number of Canadian universities, and retired from the University of Victoria in 2002.

He is the author of seven novels, including The Invention of the World; The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne, winner of the Governor General's Award; The Macken Charm; Broken Ground, winner of the Ethel Wilson Prize for Fiction; and Distance; and three books of short stories, Spit Delaney's Island, a finalist for the Governor General's Award; The Barclay Family Theatre; and Damage Done by the Storm. He is also the author of A Passion for Narrative: A Guide for Writing Fiction.

Hodgins has been awarded the Canada-Australia Prize, among many others, has received three honorary degrees, and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


"The Macken Charm proves [Jack Hodgins] to be one of the best writers of novels in this country...."
-Quill & Quire (starred review)

"The Macken Charm takes up the theme of the family with wild exuberance....Hodgins is a funny writer and, in the comic tradition of W.O. Mitchell, Paul Quarrington and other tall-tale spinners, he can make you laugh out loud. He can also make you cry and there lies the gift of the storyteller."
-Kitchener-Waterloo Record

"Written in flawless prose - word for word, Hodgins is one of the country's best writers...."
-Books in Canada

"It is a fine, funny, sad and readable [novel], a great yarn, the kind only an expert storyteller can produce...."
-Ottawa Citizen

"An engaging tribute to family and community and lost innocence."
-Montreal Gazette

"A rollicking novel...."
-Canadian Literature

"A joyous, vigorous, humorous novel that, in the best traditions of comedy, hovers precariously but purposefully on the brink of the tragic....The Macken Charm is a bravura performance, and deserves a wide readership."

"[Hodgins] brilliantly evokes time and place...."
-Vancouver Sun

"Entertaining....This is a colorful, imaginative story...."
-Winnipeg Free Press

"Hodgins has written a powerful novel about grief and beauty, about what has been lost and how to redeem yourself after failure."
-Ottawa X Press

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