Canadian short stories by Jack Hodgins
Canadian short stories by Jack Hodgins

Spit Delaney's Island

The Invention
of the World

The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne

The Barclay Family Theatre

The Honorary Patron

Left Behind in
Squabble Bay

Innocent Cities

Over Forty in
Broken Hill

A Passion for Narrative

The Macken Charm

Broken Ground


Damage Done
by the Storm

The Master of Happy Endings

Other Publications

Cadillac Cathedral

Canadian short stories by Jack Hodgins
Canadian Novel  

  Canadian novel by Jack Hodgins  

Cadillac Cathedral
Novel (2014)

Jack Hodgins, one of Canada's favourite storytellers, has returned with a new tale in Cadillac Cathedral. Situated on Vancouver Island, the literary home of many of his earlier stories, Hodgins lovingly recreates the rural community of Portuguese Creek. It is here we meet Arvo, a Finn, who has worked in logging camps all his life and now spends his retirement rescuing abandoned cars to restore in his garage, where his loyal group of friends congregate to keep him company. When the group hears that an old friend has died, they decide to drive south to the big city to pick up the body. 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. Along the way, the friends encounter adventures that create detours into country life. We learn about the 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. Here is Hodgins at his humorous best, capturing a timeless world that is yet very much of our time.

Interviews / Reviews

Cadillac Cathedral — In Performance

Here's a recipe for a rollicking good show. Take renowned Canadian author Jack Hodgins, put him on stage reading a story he's written especially for this occasion, back him up with the men of Chor Leoni, together with fiddler Cam Wilson and his band, mix well with some favourites from the choir's repertoire, plus new tunes written by Cam and, voila, Cadillac Cathedral, a deliciously funny and moving tale about an old hearse rescued from oblivion and an old man given new life along the backroads of Vancouver Island. The show was presented in Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver.



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