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- DescriptionThe Whale Chaser is the story of Vince Sansone, the eldest child and only son in a large Italian American family, who comes of age in 1960s Chicago. A constant disappointment to his embittered father - a fishmonger who shows his displeasure with his fists - Vince finds solace by falling in love. Classmate Marie Santangelo, the butcher's winsome daughter, entices him with passionate kisses and the prospect of entering her family's business. Yet he pursues Lucy Sheehan, an older girl with a reputation. When Vince abruptly flees Chicago, he ends up in Tofi, a picturesque fishing town on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. He finds a job gutting fish, then is hired by Tofi's most colorful dealer, Mr. Zig-Zag, and joins the thriving marijuana trade. Ultimately, through his friendship with an Ahousaht native named Ignatius George, he finds his calling as a whale guide.Set in the turbulent decades of the Vietnam War and the drug and hippie counterculture, The Whale Chaser is a powerful story about the possibility of redemption.
- Author BiographyTony Ardizzone, a native of Chicago, is the author of six previous books of fiction, including In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu and The Evening News. His writing has received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for Fiction, and the Milkweed Editions National Fiction Prize, among other honors. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
- Author(s)Tony Ardizzone
- PublisherAcademy Chicago Publishers
- Date of Publication15/09/2010
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintAcademy Chicago Publishers
- Weight517 g
- Width148 mm
- Height222 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Cloth over boards,With dust jacket
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