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When She's Gone a novel by Steve Lundin

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 11:38 AM

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Mark is a young Winnnipeg goalie whose life unfolds between hockey periods. He idolizes his older brother Jack, a tattoed Adonis with perfection in his blood, and together they idolize the Winnipeg Jets. After the team abandons Winnipeg, the disillusioned brothers leave Canada for England so that Mark can try out for the minor-league Cardiff Devils. In true Canadian fashion, they embark on a canoe trip from Edinburgh to Cardiff, portaging through London with their rented 17-footer.

As the journey progresses, Mark and Jack struggle to understand the loss of the Jets and their rage at those who let their team slip away. Mark's love for the game is deeply entwined with his love for his girlfriend, his family, his city, and his country. His odyssey of self-discovery is portrayed in a style sometimes angry, sometimes funny, but always engaging.

When She's Gone lays bare the glory and the tragedy that is hockey in Canada. It is an indictment on the poisoning influence of money, the theft of our national pastime and the demise of the Winnipeg Jets. But it is also a tribute to the dream of putting silver blades to white ice, and challenges our preconceived notions of heroes and icons, daring us to believe in the simple love of the game.


Awesome book. Originally published by Great Plains Fiction (my copy is nicer-looking than the picture above, which comes from Amazon.com), it may be difficult to acquire but it's definitely worth it.

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 11:52 AM

You set before us a nice challenge(find and read his other works) I for one will take it up, but alas it will take a bit of time with my current money troubles.



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Posted 01 November 2009 - 11:56 AM

As far as I remember the Canadian cover has SE's face on the fallen hockey player... plus there is a rather raunchy sex scene... not that I skimmed through the book only for that :(
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 05:15 PM

View PostBubba, on 01 November 2009 - 11:52 AM, said:

You set before us a nice challenge(find and read his other works) I for one will take it up, but alas it will take a bit of time with my current money troubles.



Good to see you more active


Considering everything you've said, I direct your attention to the following thread :(


View PostRibald, on 01 November 2009 - 11:56 AM, said:

As far as I remember the Canadian cover has SE's face on the fallen hockey player... plus there is a rather raunchy sex scene... not that I skimmed through the book only for that :p


Correct on both counts :p

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 07:07 PM

That may be one of the most gadawful covers I've ever seen.

Wow.

Hockey's that important to Steve?
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Posted 01 November 2009 - 09:41 PM

Bet Tavore's quest is to bring back hockey to Wu.
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Posted 02 November 2009 - 08:53 AM

A scan of the Canadian cover:

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 02:00 PM

I love the guy on the far left who has all black eyes, as if he is a demon from the Supernatural universe.
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 02:32 AM

View Postamphibian, on 01 November 2009 - 07:07 PM, said:

Hockey's that important to Steve?


He's Canadian
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Posted 26 November 2009 - 07:14 PM

Ha, Steve is on his own cover? That's quite creepy :o
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Posted 28 November 2009 - 11:37 PM

He was living in Winnipeg when the WHA merged with the NHL and the Jets were sold to Phoenix, it is something that he lived through. I can imagine that when writing a book about it, he wanted to represent his own thoughts and feelings, ie. the central figure wearing the Jets jersey.
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Posted 30 November 2009 - 12:23 AM

I'm guessing it would mean more to someone who knew much about hockey  :D
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Posted 30 November 2009 - 02:39 AM

Rubbish sport is sport.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:24 AM

Read the first 10 pages and it's fuckin awesome so far!
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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:57 AM

View PostRibald, on 02 November 2009 - 02:00 PM, said:

I love the guy on the far left who has all black eyes, as if he is a demon from the Supernatural universe.


That's mascara and rouge on his face, it's a Hab after all. Just lacks his purse.
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Posted 31 January 2014 - 07:58 AM

View PostCold Iron, on 30 November 2009 - 02:39 AM, said:

Rubbish sport is sport.


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