Home Game (novel)

Home Game is a novel by Paul Quarrington, published in 1983 by Doubleday Canada.[1]

Home Game
First edition cover design
AuthorPaul Quarrington
PublisherDoubleday Canada
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages309 pp
Preceded byThe Service 
Followed byThe Life of Hope 

The novel's central character is Nathaniel Isbister, a former professional baseball player turned drifter.[2] Coming across a town dominated primarily by a religious cult called the House of Jonah,[3] he is ultimately called upon to lead the town's only other residents, a ragtag band of circus freaks, in a high-stakes baseball game to determine which of the two groups will be forced to pack up and leave town.[3]

The novel was a shortlisted finalist for the Stephen Leacock Award in 1984.[4]

Following Quarrington's successes with his later novels King Leary and Whale Music, the novel was republished in paperback by Vintage Canada in 1996.[2]


  1. ^ "Quarrington, Paul. Home Game // Review". Winnipeg Free Press, April 16, 1983.
  2. ^ a b "A Season for Reading: A bumper crop of releases offers different genres that are sure to please many readers". Windsor Star, July 20, 1996.
  3. ^ a b "'This ain't sports, it's a book review ...or something'". The Globe and Mail, June 13, 1983.
  4. ^ "Six finalists for Leacock Medal". The Globe and Mail, April 13, 1984.