The Island Walkers

The Island Walkers

Book - 2003
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Across a bend of Ontario's Attawan River lies the Island, where, for generations, the Walkers have lived among other mill workers. But in the summer of 1965, with the threat of mill closures looming, the Walkers grapple with their personal crises, just as the rest of the town fights to protect its way of life. Superbly crafted and deeply moving, this book is at once a love letter to a place, a gripping family saga, and testimony to the emergence of an important new novelist.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : McClelland & Stewart, 2003.
ISBN: 9780771011115
Characteristics: 497 p. ;,24 cm.


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Excellent background for a plot and well developed characters.

sydniec Jun 21, 2015

I really enjoyed this book, well written and a good story.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

This debut novel set in a small Ontario town in the mid –1960’s tells the story of a working class family caught in the middle of a drive to unionize the workers of the local textile mill. It is a beautiful and complex work about place, family and community; a deeply moving and compelling story.

Sep 21, 2010

This is the best book I have read this summer. Bemrose has the ability to really make us think. Marni Jackson says it best; " us the interior lives of his characters which are 'us', a sense of social history of a small Ontario town, Paris & an incredibly moving page-turner.

Mar 15, 2010

wonderful book

Jan 06, 2010

A well-written novel about a small Ontario town. Characters are well-written and the plot keeps you interested.

Nov 19, 2008

One of the best Canadian books of the last 10 years, and unjustly neglected, despite making the Giller shortlist.

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