Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese

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Ragged Company, by Richard Wagamese, is a story that explores the true meaning of ‘home’, and the significance of acceptance within friendship.
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Four chronically homeless people–Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger–seek refuge in a warm movie theatre when a severe Arctic Front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world, and once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing “the same story over and over again” in favour of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck.

A found cigarette package (contents: some unsmoked cigarettes, three $20 bills, and a lottery ticket) changes the fortune of this struggling set. The ragged company discovers they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives, and fortunes, become forever changed.

Ragged Company is a journey into both the future and the past. Richard Wagamese deftly explores the nature of the comforts these friends find in their ideas of “home,” as he reconnects them to their histories.


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About Richard Wagamese

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Richard Wagamese is one of Canada's foremost Native authors and journalists. In a career spanning over thirty years, he has worked in newspapers, radio, television and publishing, and has won numerous awards for his work. Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Thompson Rivers University in 2010, he lives outside of Kamloops, British Columbia, with his wife and Molly the Story Dog.
 
Published October 6, 2009 by Anchor Canada. 386 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
on Aug 02 2008

Without sentimentality, without bull****, but with a lot of heart and soul, this book takes you on a journey into the human spirit, with the unlikeliest of guides, that you won't forget for a long time.

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