This is a great story by Richard Wagamese. I read this author a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed his other book as well.
Following the success of Richard Wagamese national bestseller Indian Horse comes this universally resonant novel of a father and son that is at once heartbreaking and redemptive.
Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. Having been raised on a farm by someone he knows as the old man, the kid, Frank, is sixteen years old and has had only the most fleeting of relationships with his real father. The rare moments they’ve shared haunt and trouble him, but Frank answers the call, a son’s duty. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking.
What ensues is a difficult journey through the rugged and starkly beautiful backcountry of the BC Interior and a vivid journey into the past as the two push forward.
From a poverty-stricken childhood, Eldon leaves home abruptly, and soon after goes to fight in the Korean War. Later he finds work in various mill towns until he is taken in by Bunky and his woman to work on his land.
Eldon relates to Frank the desolate moments in his life, and the times as well of happiness and hope, and he tells of sacrifices made in the name of love. In doing so, he offers his son a world the boy has never seen, a history he has never known.
Written in clear, luminous prose, this story looks squarely into the dark corners of the soul, into the human capacity for love and goodness no matter the stakes.
Richard Wagamese’s insight and compassion are matched by his remarkable gifts of storytelling and ability to create characters that will live in our hearts after the last page is turned.
Rating: 5 stars
Irene S. Roth