Medicine Walk

Medicine Walk
Medicine Walk (back cover)

Medicine Walk

“A brilliant novel.” —JOSEPH BOYDEN
Share this title 

Growing up in the care of the “old man” he was entrusted to at birth, Franklin Starlight has never really known his biological father, Eldon. The fleeting moments he shared with the alcoholic man have only ended in disasters that haunt the boy. But when father, coming to the end of his alcohol-ruined life, reaches out to sixteen-year-old son their first and last journey together begins. Hesitantly, Franklin obliges his dying father’s wish—to be buried as a warrior—and together they hazard the rugged and dangerous beauty of the backcountry to find an appropriate burial site.

Through the fog of pain, Eldon relates to his son the desolate moments in his life, as well as the times of hope—the family history Franklin has never known. As Father tells the tale, the Son, and the reader, live for the stories, in the hope that they will shed light on the mysteries of a tortured past.

aging, alcoholic, alcoholism, Canadian fiction, Canadian literature, cultural heritage, death, death & grief, depression, dying, family life, father son novel, first nations culture, first nations fiction, first nations heritage, first nations history, first nations literature, first nations novel, literary, mental illness, military veteran, native american culture, native american fiction, native american herit-age, native american history, native american literature, native american novel, parenting, ptsd
Publish Date: 
5.5 × 8.5 × 0.6 in
11.6 oz
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

Praise and Prizes

Blog Post

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...