The Life of Hope
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.
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|Preceded by||Home Game|
|Followed by||King Leary|
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.
- "Free love and hope". The Globe and Mail, September 21, 1985.
- "Tale of a goalie on the skids isn't Quarrington's top scorer". Edmonton Journal, March 10, 1990.
- "Novel about free-love commune mixes comedy and message". Ottawa Citizen, September 21, 1985.
- "Star's Slinger up for humor prize". Toronto Star, April 11, 1986.