Selected as the 2008 CBC Canada Reads Winner
"A dazzling display of fictional footwork... The author has not written just another hockey novel; he has turned hockey in a metaphor for magic." "Maclean's"
Percival Leary was once the King of the Ice, one of hockey's greatest heroes. Now, in the South Grouse Nursing Home, where he shares a room with Edmund "Blue" Hermann, the antagonistic and alcoholic reporter who once chronicled his career, Leary looks back on his tumultuous life and times: his days at the boys' reformatory when he burned down a house; the four mad monks who first taught him to play hockey; and the time he executed the perfect "St. Louis Whirlygig" to score the winning goal in the 1919 Stanley Cup final.
Now all but forgotten, Leary is only a legend in his own mind until a high-powered advertising agency decides to feature him in a series of ginger ale commercials. With his male nurse, his son, and the irrepressible Blue, Leary sets off for Toronto on one last adventure as he revisits the scenes of his glorious life as King of the Ice.
About the Author
Paul Quarrington is the author of eight novels. He is also a musician, an award-winning screen-writer, a filmmaker, a playwright and an acclaimed non-fiction writer. He won the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction for "Whale" "Music" and the Stephen Leacock Medal for "King Leary". "Storm Chasers" was named one of the Top 100 Books of the Year by "The Globe and Mail", one of the Best Five Canadian Fiction Titles of 2004 by "Quill & Quire", and was shortlisted for the 2004 Giller Prize.
“A type of literary hat trick...most engaging…. [Quarrington’s] colourful, inventive language is addictive.” The Globe and Mail
“An extraordinary writer with a rare gift.” Timothy Findley