King Leary

By Paul Quarrington
(Anchor Canada, Paperback, 9780385666015, 232pp.)

Publication Date: November 28, 2007

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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
Novelist Paul Quarrington is also a musician, most recently in the band Porkbelly Futures, an award-winning screenwriter and an acclaimed non-fiction writer. His last novel, Galveston, was nominated for the Giller; Whale Music won the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1989. Quarrington has also won the Stephen Leacock Medal for King Leary.
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