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A collection of 15 stories, about a disintegrating relationship on a Spanish island, an immigrant who believes his American car can heal itself, a man discovering his grandfather through a memoir left by his father, a vengeful dog locked in a van, parents in a hospital with a mysteriously ill child, relationships among three unacceptable people, a young couple who encounter a predator in Italy, a letter to a judge from an 18th-century witch, a drug-dealer and his girlfriend, a man obsessed with watches….

Out of print.

Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction, 1993
shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and Commonwealth Region), 1993

praise for White Buick

“[Hollingshead] particularly excels at evoking, without melodrama or hyperbole, the dominant nightmares of the present.”
—Books in Canada

“White Buick is one of the best collections of stories I have read in recent years…. Writing doesn’t get much better.”
—Merna Summers, The Edmonton Journal

“Hollingshead’s prose has quiet assurance. There is nothing unnecessary, nothing overstated.”
—Prairie Fire

“If, as I do, you like our fiction to take imaginative leaps and to deliver not just an accounting but a vision, and if, further, you’d prefer to hear about that vision in clean, unaffected language that purrs along like a big, white Buick, you can’t go wrong with this brave, intelligent, really brilliant new collection.”
—Barbara Gowdy, The Globe and Mail