"The Whale Chaser "is the story of Vince Sansone, the eldest child and only son in a large Italian-American family, who comes of age in 1960s Chicago. A constant disappointment to his embittered father a fishmonger who shows his displeasure with his fists Vince finds solace by falling in love. Classmate Marie Santangelo, the neighborhood butcher s winsome daughter, entices him with passionate kisses and the prospect of entering her family s business. Yet he pursues Lucy Sheehan, an older girl with a reputation, who has also been victimized by the adults in her life.
When Vince abruptly flees Chicago he ends up in Tofino, a picturesque fishing town on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. First he works gutting fish, then is hired by Tofino s most colorful dealer, Mr. Zig-Zag, and joins the thriving marijuana trade. Ultimately, through his friendship with Ignatius George, an Ahousaht native, he finds his calling as a whale guide.
Vince must come to terms with the consequences of his actions as well as his family s version of "la storia segreta," the unspoken story of how his grandfather, like thousands of other Italians and Italian-Americans, was evacuated from prohibited zones on the West Coast and, along with hundreds of others, interned in a prison camp after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Set in the turbulent decades of the Vietnam War and the drug and hippie counterculture, "The Whale Chaser "is a powerful story about the possibility of redemption.
The Whale Chaser
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