For Joshua

An Ojibway Father Teaches His Son
Author(s): Richard Wagamese
Original Publish Date: Jul 09, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.75 hours)
Product Number: Z100146913
Released: Jul 09, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780385693929
Narrator/s: Craig Lauzon
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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The heartfelt memoir from one of Canada's most beloved writers. Staring the modern world in the eye, Richard Wagamese confronts its snares and perils. He sees people coveting without knowing why, looking for roots without understanding what constitutes home, searching for acceptance without extending reciprocal respect, and longing for love without knowing how to offer it. He sees this because he lived it. For Joshua Wagamese's love letter to his estranged son. Ojibway tradition calls for fathers to walk their children through the world and teach them their place in it. To teach them they belong. In this intimate memoir, Wagamese describes his own tumultuous journey--though childhood trauma, racism, and substance abuse--and his fight to emerge stronger. His road to self-knowledge has been long and treacherous, but this has furnished him, if not with a complete set of answers, then at least with a profound understanding of the questions. Hoping to impart his newfound understanding of the world onto his beloved son, Wagamese shares his search for happiness and the choices he has made to open himself up to it.

Professional reviews

"Narrator Craig Lauzon handles this deeply personal and emotional story with the respect and attention it deserves. In an extended letter to his estranged son, Joshua, the author shares the knowledge he has gained through the highs and lows of his life. Wagamese doesn't hold back in recounting the pain he's experienced--he was separated from his people at a young age and has struggled with alcoholism. An Ojibway man, he also describes the ritual that allowed him to confront these memories and begin to heal. There's sadness in Lauzon's voice but also hope that the next generation, Joshua's generation, can learn from those who have come before. C.J.S. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"

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