Title: Honorary Patron. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  McClelland & Stewart, 1987,
Seller ID: 15857
HODGINS, Jack. The Honorary Patron. (Toronto) : McClelland & Stewart, (1987). First Printing. Pp. (6),7-333,(3). 8vo, brown cloth with copper lettering to spine. The fifth novel by the Canadian author. "You can't go home again. Or can you? Or, more to the point, should you even try? These are the questions that confront Jeffrey Crane, former art historian and teacher, whenhis comfortable retirement in Switzerland is suddenly interrupted. Out of teh blue comes an invitation to return to Vancouver Island to be the Honorary Patron of an arts festival that idealists in hishome town are gallantly staging as a counter-attraction to a local stock-car race. There are several problems here. First, Crane left under a cloud of scandal and has not returned in 40 ytears. Second, the messenger who tracked him down to invite him is his former lover. And third, he has carefully withdrawn from all stress and strain -- some might say from involvement in life. Against his betterjudgement, he returns home -- and skeletons promptly cascade out of closet s around him." - from the dustjacket. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 17.50