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The Life of Hope

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The Life of Hope is a novel by Paul Quarrington, published in 1985 by Doubleday Canada. It is part of an unofficial trilogy with Quarrington's later novels King Leary and Logan in Overtime; although none of the novels centre on the same protagonists, they all feature some background interrelationships of character and setting.The novel's central character, essentially an authorial self-insertion, is a novelist named Paul who is suffering from writer's block after the publication of his baseball-themed novel Home Game. Attending a writer's retreat in the small Southern Ontario town of Hope, he learns about the town's history as a free love and nudist commune established by an expatriate American cult leader named Joseph Benton Hope, which reignites his creativity as he begins to write a fictionalized account of the town's establishment.The novel was a shortlisted finalist for the Stephen Leacock Award in 1986.
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original title: The Life of Hope
language: English
date of publication: 1985
follows: Home Game
followed by: King Leary

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