The Master of Happy Endingsis a powerful new novel about memory, belonging, helping others, and the vagaries of the human heart. It is also a compelling story about how a man in his late seventies manages to conjure one more great adventure for himself.
Axel Thorstad lives in a shack on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. Once a popular school teacher and thespian who touched the lives of hundreds of his students, he now lives in retirement and mourns the recent death of his wife.
But even this stoical giant of a 77-year-old finds the isolation too much. He begins to run want ads in newspapers offering his services as a tutor, and meets the indomitable Mrs. Montana. She hires Axel to coach her precocious teenage-TV-actor son Travis for his school exams while he shoots a new episode in Hollywood. Life in L.A. is far removed from his isolated life in rural B.C., and soon Thorstad finds himself caught up in the drama of his young student’s life, and the return of an old flame.
Set amidst the fleshpots, sound-stages and dining rooms of L.A., this engaging novel of lives and loves lost and found also gestures to the courage one needs in the face of the vulnerabilities of older age that all too soon beset.
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Good day ahead, I hope?. Mostly arguing with stupid people. Mandelson drove in a minute ago, looking savage. Thought you’d like to know. The magazine writer was not with them now, though he had sat across the aisle from Travis during the flight. A publicist will call. The kid has a few surprises to adjust to first.
Once a popular school tea The Master of Happy Endings is a powerful new novel about memory, belonging, helping others . He has been the subject of a National Film Board film, Jack Hodgins' Island, and a book, Jack Hodgins and His Work, by David Jeffrey.
Once a popular school tea The Master of Happy Endings is a powerful new novel about memory, belonging, helping others, and the vagaries of the human heart. It is also a compelling story about how a man in his late seventies manages to conjure one more great adventure for himself. Axel Thorstad lives in a shack on a remote island off the coast of British Columbia.
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The Master of Happy Endings is a novel of how the past shapes the present and how the present shapes the future, each in their own unexpected way. .The major characters are well-rounded. Thorstad himself is the kind of man a reader might want to spend time wit. ational Post. contains strong storytelling and powerful characters. Hodgins’ latest novel is a testament to the notion that the secret to a happy ending may well be not worrying too much.
Jack Hodgins (born October 3, 1938 in Comox Valley, British Columbia) is.The Master of Happy Endings - 2010 (finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize).
Jack Hodgins (born October 3, 1938 in Comox Valley, British Columbia) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. With the publication of his first book of short stories, "Spit Delaney’s Island" (1976), and his first novel "The Invention of the World" (1977), Jack Hodgins was well on his way to becoming a recognized name in Canadian literature, before taking a position at the University of Victoria in the Creative Writing Department. Spit Delaney's Island –1976 (winner of the Eaton's BC Book Award).
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Jonathan Jack Stanley Hodgins is an entomologist, botanist, and mineralogist who works at the Jeffersonian Institute. He is not only an expert on spores and minerals, but conspiracy theories are his hobby. He can estimate time of death from the development of insect larvae in human and animal remains. Booth calls him "Bug Boy" and at the beginning, he doesn't like it but he comes to it. Hodgins: I'll tell you this. If Epps comes near Angela, I'll kill him. He is portrayed by .