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Medicine Walk - Richard Wagamese
Medicine Walk
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Growing up in the care of the “old man” he was entrusted to at birth, Franklin Starlight has never really known his biological father, Eldon. The fleeting moments he shared with the alcoholic man have only ended in disasters that haunt the boy. But when father, coming to the end of his... show more
Growing up in the care of the “old man” he was entrusted to at birth, Franklin Starlight has never really known his biological father, Eldon. The fleeting moments he shared with the alcoholic man have only ended in disasters that haunt the boy. But when father, coming to the end of his alcohol-ruined life, reaches out to sixteen-year-old son their first and last journey together begins. Hesitantly, Franklin obliges his dying father’s wish — to be buried as a warrior — and together they hazard the rugged and dangerous beauty of the backcountry to find an appropriate burial site.Through the fog of pain, Eldon relates to his son the desolate moments in his life, as well as the times of hope — the family history Franklin has never known. As Father tells the tale, the Son, and the reader, live for the stories, in the hope that they will shed light on the mysteries of a tortured past.
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781571311160 (1571311165)
ASIN: 1571311165
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
Category:
Literary Fiction
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Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
3.0 It's a story beautifully told, but that doesn't make me less tired of it.
(I have to acknowledge that this is pretty well in the "not for me" category, but setting that aside, here we go!) The writing is gorgeous. It's set in the BC interior in about the 1970s, and it has a fantastic sense of place and time. There are multiple layers of community and place and history, ...
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