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In his new novel, Cadillac Cathedral, Jack Hodgins lovingly recreates the rural community of Portuguese Creek on Vancouver Island. The main character is Arvo, a Finn who has worked in logging camps all his life but who now spends his retirement fixing up abandoned cars. Arvo decides that he and his friends need to drive to the big city to pick up the body of an old friend who has just died. A road trip ensues, but not just any road trip, for it takes place in a Cadillac Cathedral, a remarkable hearse built in the 1930s, which Arvo has refurbished. On the way south, the friends encounter adventures that create detours into country life. We learn about unusual marriages that keep couples apart and together. There is a winsome widow with her eye on Arvo, and another mysterious widow in the big city
for whom Arvo appears to retain strong feelings. The journey ends back in Portuguese Creek, with a party that brings the entire community together in a wake to end all wakes.
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JACK HODGINS grew up in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, and taught high school in Nanaimo before moving to teach at the University of Victoria. Known throughout the world as one of Canada’s leading fiction writers, Hodgins has won numerous prizes, including the Governor General’s Award, the Ethel Wilson Prize, the Canada-Australia Prize, and the Victoria City Butler Prize. He has been awarded three honorary degrees, and in 2010 was inducted into the Order of Canada. He and his wife Dianne live in Victoria.