Spit Delaney’s Island: Selected Stories (New Canadian Library)
By Jack Hodgins
Published in 1992 by New Canadian Library
Originally published in 1976
Rating: 3 / 5
Spit Delaney’s Island is Vancouver Island, and its settings – the lush green forests, the pulp mills, the all-encompassing sea, and the ferries crossing to the mainland – permeate this stunning collection of short fiction. Opening and closing with stories about Spit Delaney himself, the operator of Old Number One steam locomotive in the local mill, the volume travels between the harsh world of its people’s reality and the comforts of their fantasies.