Through Will's gentle and humorous narrative, we come to know Medicine River, a small Albertan town bordering a Blackfoot reserve. And we meet its people: the basketball team; Louise Heavyman and her daughter, South Wing; Martha Oldcrow, the marriage doctor; Joe Bigbear, Harlen's world-travelling, storytelling brother; Bertha Morley, who has a short fling with a Calgary dating service; and David Plume, who went to Wounded Knee. At the centre of it all is Harlen, advising and pestering, annoying and entertaining, gossiping and benevolently interfering in the lives of his friends and neighbours.
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." Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. 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, VACopyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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