Finnie Walsh is Paul Woodward's best friend, a hockey fanatic and the only good kid in a long line of delinquent brothers tainted by the rich stink of local wealth-the Walshes own everything in Portsmouth. While the boys prepare for their first season in the Woodward driveway, Paul's father-sleepless due to the volume of their play-stumbles to his nightshift at the mill. Triggering a chain of fatigue-related events that result in arm amputation, early retirement, a National Geographic obsession, the birth of Sarah, a clairvoyant younger sister, the NHL draft, and other life-altering moments, Paul turns to his older sister, Louise, for forgiveness and unlikely advice. Galloway proves that childhood innocence, while not exactly bliss can be endlessly amusing & more than mildly instructional.
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2001 Amazon.com/Books in Canada First Novel Award Shortlist: As a hockey player, young Paul Woodward is a few steps behind his best pal, Finnie Walsh. Both boys, however, have hockey coursing through their veins. Finnie, the son of the local mill owner, and Paul, the son of a mill worker, forge a fast friendship through endless hours of shooting, stickhandling, and passing. It is hockey that holds them together as they grow into young men. Along the way, they must deal with Paul's eccentric father, his withdrawn sister, and the uncomfortable disparity in their socioeconomic status. As a sports novel, Steven Galloway's first effort leaves a bit to be desired, since it doesn't capture the frantic intensity of the game. As a tale of friendship, however, Finnie Walsh is sweetly endearing and filled with charming quirks and unexpected twists. --S. DudaAbout the Author:
STEVEN GALLOWAY is the author of three novels: Finnie Walsh, Ascension, and The Cellist of Sarajevo. His work has been translated into over twenty languages and optioned for film. He teaches creative writing at UBC and SFU, and he lives with his wife and two daughters in New Westminster, BC.
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