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Medicine River
     

Medicine River

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by Thomas King
 

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When Will returns to Medicine River, he thinks he is simply attending his mother's funeral. He doesn't count on Harlen Bigbear and his unique brand of community planning. Harlen tries to sell Will on the idea of returning to Medicine River to open shop as the town's only native photographer. And somehow or other, that's exactly what happens.

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When Will returns to Medicine River, he thinks he is simply attending his mother's funeral. He doesn't count on Harlen Bigbear and his unique brand of community planning. Harlen tries to sell Will on the idea of returning to Medicine River to open shop as the town's only native photographer. And somehow or other, that's exactly what happens.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Will is unsuspectingly and pleasantly caught up in local events after he returns to Medicine River, a town just outside a Blackfoot reservation, to bury his mother. ``Gentle, deliberate and ultimately engaging,'' said PW . `` King's deceptively simple comedy is an intriguing portrait of Native American life today.'' (Sept.)
Library Journal
Situated on the vast prairie of western Canada, the small town of Medicine River and the nearby Blackfoot Indian reservation are the focal points of this joyfully offbeat tale. Narrated with compassion and humor by 40-year-old Blackfoot bachelor and wedding photographer Will, the basic story line captures the pleasure and pain of daily life in this remote community. Will's best friend, local do-gooder Harlen Bigbear, for instance, hopes to marry him to prosperous accountant and unwed mother Louise Heavyman. As with most of Harlen's schemes, things do turn out for the best. A mosaic of sharply etched vignettes that, in the end, form a mesmerizing whole, this is an astonishingly good first novel.-- James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.
School Library Journal
YA-- Medicine River is a small town near an Indian reserve in Western Canada. Narrated by the town's only Native American photographer, the loosely woven episodes revolve around Harlen Bigbear, whose specialty is providing ``general maintenance'' to his friends and acquaintances. There is humor and warmth, whether Harlen is persuading Will--who is over 40--to play on the all-Native basketball team or to court Louise Heavyhands, or whether he is arranging the lives of his neighbors and friends. Interwoven into the story are the narrator's bittersweet experiences of growing up with his brother, James; enduring the eccentricities of his Native American mother; and wondering about the white father he doesn't remember. These characters all fall within the mainstream of American cultural experience, yet they should expand YAs' multicultural awareness.-- Ruth Melvin, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140254747
Publisher:
Penguin Canada
Publication date:
09/01/1991
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas King, who is of Cherokee and Greek descent, is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. His first novel, Medicine River, won several awards, including the PEN/Josephine Miles Award and the Writers Guild of Alberta Award, and was shortlisted for the 1991 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. It was also made into a CBC television movie. Green Grass, Running Water, his second novel, was shortlisted for the 1993 Governor General's Award and won the 1994 Canadian Authors Award for fiction. His highly praised short story collection, One Good Story, That One, was a Canadian bestseller, and his collection of Massey Lectures, The Truth About Stories, won the 2003 Trillium Book Award. He has also written three acclaimed children's books: A Coyote Columbus Story, Coyote Sings to the Moon, and Coyote's New Suit. Thomas King lives in Guelph, Ontario, and is an Associate Professor of English (teaching Native literature and creative writing) at the University of Guelph.

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