Whale Music

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Des Howell is a former rock 'n' roll star who never leaves his secluded oceanfront mansion. Naked, rich and fabulously deranged, he subsists on a steady diet of whiskey, pharmaceuticals and jelly doughnuts and occasionally works on his masterpiece, "Whale Music." One day, upon awakening from his usual drunken stupor, Des discovers on his sofa a young alien from the faraway universe of Toronto. This girl has made the trek to Des' hideaway because she believes in the "Whale Music" and she's crazy enough to think that Des can make a comeback hit with his mad magnum opus--


"Fast-paced, zany and knowledgeable — bursting with humour and wit."
The Toronto Star

"Quarrington has the reader straining to hear the chords, anticipating the concert, cheering for Des to complete his lonely suite."

"A poignant portrait... Quarrington is a wild, original, thoroughly Canadian, surprisingly mature national treasure."
Edmonton Journal

"Exceptionally inventive...Entertainingly written...Quarrington has a ribald, animated prose style all his own."
The New York Times Book Review

"The best novel written about rock 'n 'roll."