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The Whale Chaser

The Whale Chaser

(2010)
A novel by

 
The Whale Chaser is the story of Vince Sansone, the eldest child and only son in a large Italian-American family, who comes of age in 1960s Chicago. A constant disappointment to his embittered father - a fishmonger who shows his displeasure with his fists - Vince finds solace by falling in love. Classmate Marie Santangelo, the neighborhood butcher's winsome daughter, entices him with passionate kisses and the prospect of entering her family's business. Yet he pursues Lucy Sheehan, an older girl with a "reputation," who has also been victimized by the adults in her life.

When Vince abruptly flees Chicago he ends up in Tofino, a picturesque fishing town on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. First he works gutting fish, then is hired by Tofino's most colorful dealer, Mr. Zig-Zag, and joins the thriving marijuana trade. Ultimately, through his friendship with Ignatius George, an Ahousaht native, he finds his calling as a whale guide.

Vince must come to terms with the consequences of his actions as well as his family's version of la storia segreta, the unspoken story of how his grandfather, like thousands of other Italians and Italian-Americans, was evacuated from prohibited zones on the West Coast and, along with hundreds of others, interned in a prison camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Set in the turbulent decades of the Vietnam War and the drug and hippie counterculture, The Whale Chaser is a powerful story about the possibility of redemption.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Whale Chaser: A Novel
Author(s): Tony Ardizzone
ISBN: 0-89733-610-0 / 978-0-89733-610-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : USA Paperback
Title: The Whale Chaser: A Novel
Author(s): Tony Ardizzone
ISBN: 0-89733-923-1 / 978-0-89733-923-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
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Kindle Editions

September 2010 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Whale Chaser: A Novel
Author(s): Tony Ardizzone
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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