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Author: Richard Wagamese Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781490672502
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When Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, he has mixed emotions. Raised by the old man he was entrusted to soon after his birth, Frank is haunted by the brief and troubling moments he has shared with his father, Eldon. When he finally travels by horseback to town, he finds Eldon on the edge of death, decimated from years of drinking.

The two undertake a difficult journey into the mountainous backcountry in search of a place for Eldon to die and be buried in the warrior way. As they travel, Eldon tells his son the story of his own life—from an impoverished childhood to combat in the Korean War and his shell-shocked return. Through the fog of pain, Eldon relates to his son these desolate moments, as well as his life’s fleeting but nonetheless crucial moments of happiness and hope, the sacrifices made in the name of love. And in telling his story, Eldon offers his son a world the boy has never seen, a history he has never known.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A novel about the role of stories in our lives, those we tell ourselves about ourselves and those we agree to live by.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • Medicine Walk…feels less written than painstakingly etched into something more permanent than paper…For Frank, a ‘hunt was a process.’ And so is the way Wagamese pursues his story: biding his time, never rushing, calibrating each word so carefully that he too never seems to waste a shot…Though death saturates these pages, not a word here is lugubrious…There’s nothing plain about this plain-spoken book.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wagamese has penned a complex, rugged, and moving father-son novel. His muscular prose and spare tone complement this gem of a narrative.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wagamese is a keen observer, sketching places…or people…elegantly, economically, all while gracefully employing literary insight to deftly dissect blood ties lingering in fractured families. A powerful novel of hard men in hard country reminiscent of Jim Harrison’s Legends of the Fall.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tom Stechschulte’s skill in voicing the cadence of Native American characters makes him the perfect narrator for this breathtaking novel…Stechschulte sensitively portrays the boy’s vulnerability and deep cynicism as the pair embark on a horseback trip into the precipitous backcountry…The exquisite, almost lyrical, prose is beautifully rendered by Stechschulte.”


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About the Author

Richard Wagamese (1955–2017) was one of Canada’s foremost writers. He was a newspaper columnist and reporter, radio and television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer, and the author of over a dozen previous novels, including Keeper’n Me and Indian Horse, which was a Canada Reads Finalist. He was also the author of acclaimed memoirs, including For Joshua, the bestselling One Native Life, and One Story, One Song, which won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Wagamese won numerous awards and recognition for his writing. He led writing and storytelling workshops across the country and made frequent appearances as a speaker.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won many AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate. He was featured on one of the most famous episodes of The Incredible Hulk ever, September 1979’s “Blind Rage.”