By the celebrated author of Indian Horse, Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese tells the universal story of a father/son struggle set in the dramatic landscape of the BC Interior. Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. The rare moments they’ve shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call of a son’s duty to a father. He finds Eldon suffering the consequences of 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 follows 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, to the derelict houses of mill towns, Eldon relates both the desolate moments of his life and a time of redemption and love. In doing so, Eldon offers Frank a history he has never known, the father he has never had, and a connection to himself he never expected. Medicine Walk is a story about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing.
Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese is our first Book of the Month for the nominees of the the 2015 Evergreen™ Award and is available at the Haliburton County Public Library. Read as many on the Evergreen list as you like and vote for your favourite in October!
*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo on February 10th, 2015.