Dream Wheels

Dream Wheels
Dream Wheels (back cover)
Fiction

Dream Wheels

“A ripping read.” —LOUISE ERDRICH
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Champion bull-rider Joe Willie Wolfchild is poised to win the most sought after title in rodeo when a devastating accident at the National Finals leaves his body and ambitions in tatters. Unsure what to do, he retires to his family ranch to mend.

Claire Hartley and her fifteen-year-old son Aiden have nearly been torn apart by her abusive boyfriends and an unjust world when a friend sends them to the Wolfchild ranch. Thrown together by terrible circumstance, it appears Aiden and Joe Willie have more in common than their childhoods would suggest. After a rocky start, they strike a deal: Aiden will help Joe Willie repair his ’34 Ford V8 pickup if the former champion teaches the city kid how to ride a bull. As Wagamese reveals their story, he rewrites the history of the American cowboy.

In taut, muscular prose, Wagamese explores how independence, self-determination, and a return to cultural tradition can heal body, mind, and community.

Keywords: 
coming of age novel, cowboy nov-el, cultural heritage, family life, first nations culture, first nations fiction, first nations heritage, first nations literature, first nations novel, friendship, literary fiction, literary novel, mentee, mentor, mentorship, native american culture, native american fiction, native american herit-age, native american literature, native american novel, teenager, troubled home, troubled teen, western fiction, western novel
ISBN:
978-1-57131-117-7
Publish Date: 
05/10/2016
Pages: 
414
Size: 
5.5 × 8.5 × 1 in
Weight: 
18.5 oz
Author
Richard Wagamese

Richard Wagamese (1955-2017) was one of Canada’s foremost writers, and one of the leading indigenous writers in North America. He was the author of several acclaimed memoirs and more than a dozen novels, including Indian HorseMedicine Walk, and Dream Wheels

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Milkweed Staff – 03/11/2017

Milkweed Editions is deeply saddened to report that Richard Wagamese passed away in his home on Friday, March 10, 2017...