The Island Walkers

The Island Walkers

Paperback - 2004
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John Bemrose's highly acclaimed national bestseller tells the story of a family who slips from fortune's favour in a southwestern Ontario mill town during the mid-1960s. Like his father before him, Alf Walker is a fixer in the local textile mill. When a labour dispute forces him to choose between loyalty to his friends and his own advancement, Alf's actions inadvertently set in motion a series of events that will reverberate far into the future. Meanwhile, Alf's wife, Margaret, must reconcile her middle-class upbringing with her blue-collar reality, as her marriage is undermined by forces she cannot name. And after their eldest son, Joe, falls headlong for a girl he first glimpses on a bridge, the boy finds his world overturned by the passion and uncertainty of young love. At once intimate and epic in scope, The Island Walkers follows the Walker family to the very bottom of their night, only to confirm, in the end, life's regenerative power.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : McClelland & Stewart, 2004, c2003.
Edition: First Emblem edition
ISBN: 9780771011122
Characteristics: 497 pages ;,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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