Medicine Walk

Author(s): Richard Wagamese
Imprint: Maple Leaf
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.02 hours)
Product Number: Z10527
Released: May 08, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490671406
Narrator/s: Tom Stechschulte
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By the celebrated author of Canada Reads Finalist Indian Horse, a stunning new novel that has all the timeless qualities of a classic, as it tells the universal story of a father/son struggle in a fresh, utterly memorable way, set in dramatic landscape of the BC Interior. For male and female readers equally, for readers of Joseph Boyden, Cormac McCarthy, Thomas King, Russell Banks and general literary. Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He's sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they've shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son's duty to a father. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a small town flophouse. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner. What ensues is a journey through the rugged and beautiful backcountry, and a journey into the past, as the two men push forward to Eldon's end. From a poverty-stricken childhood, to the Korean War, and later the derelict houses of mill towns, Eldon relates both the desolate moments of his life and a time of redemption and love and in doing so offers Frank a history he has never known, the father he has never had, and a connection to himself he never expected. A novel about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing, Medicine Walk reveals the ultimate goodness of its characters and offers a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion. Wagamese's writing soars and his insight and compassion are matched by his gift of communicating these to the reader.


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Medicine Walk
Product Number: BX00035373
Product Number:Z10527
Product Number:DA0341

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Author(s): Richard Wagamese
Narrator(s): Tom Stechschulte
Product Number DA0341
Released: Apr 30, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781490671390
Author(s): Richard Wagamese
Product Number EB00646378
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
ISBN: #9781571319319

Professional reviews

"Tom Stechschulte's skill in voicing the cadence of Native American characters makes him the perfect narrator for this breathtaking novel about a teen and his alcoholic father, both of Canada's First Nations. Sixteen-year-old Franklin Starlight has been raised by an old man who has taught him to respect the abundance of nature. When Frank is summoned for a visit with his real father, he encounters a man who returned from service in Korea with PTSD and is now dying from years of drinking. Stechschulte sensitively portrays the boy's vulnerability and deep cynicism as the pair embark on a horseback trip into the precipitous backcountry, seeking a burial place for the dying man. The exquisite, almost lyrical, prose is beautifully rendered by Stechschulte as the story takes the listener on a journey of physical struggle and personal redemption. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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