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Starlight

Written by: Richard Wagamese
Narrated by: Wesley French
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The final novel from Richard Wagamese, the best-selling and beloved author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion - and the land's ability to heal us.

Frank Starlight has long settled into a quiet life working his remote farm, but his contemplative existence comes to an abrupt end with the arrival of Emmy, who has committed a desperate act so she and her child can escape a harrowing life of violence. Starlight takes in Emmy and her daughter to help them get back on their feet, and this accidental family eventually grows into a real one. But Emmy's abusive ex isn't content to just let her go. He wants revenge and is determined to hunt her down. 

Starlight was unfinished at the time of Richard Wagamese's death, yet every minute radiates with his masterful storytelling, intense humanism, and insights that are as hard-earned as they are beautiful. With astonishing scenes set in the rugged backcountry of the BC Interior, and characters whose scars cut deep even as their journey toward healing and forgiveness lifts us, Starlight is a last gift to audiences from a writer who believed in the power of stories to save us.

"Starlight feels fully formed.... The prose is both musical and hard-edged, bending to match the rhythms of life in the wild, on the farm and in the desolate skid-row bards of distant cities. A captivating and ultimately uplifting read, and the last we'll enjoy from on of our best writers." (Toronto Star)

©2018 Richard Wagamese (P)2018 McClelland & Stewart

What the critics say

"[A] triumph.... This is an important story to know and to experience, from an artist cut down at the height of his powers." (Winnipeg Free Press)

"A wonderful and moving story, both tragic and hopeful." (Regina Leader-Post)

"What Wagamese does with this novel is set stunning scenes and deliver a moving story about the power of family even if it is an accidental one." (Vancouver Sun)

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A literary experience. <br />Reading this changes you

When listening to a book changes you forever there is gratitude in being a part.

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Beautiful and heart-wrenching

Oh, how I enjoyed this book. The sheer beauty of the words and images created, juxtaposed against the plain and simple dialogue of the characters made it a feast for the senses. I feel like I have been on a journey to the wild as a result. The world lost a great gem when Richard Wagamese passed away last year.

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Incomplete

Excellent as all books by Richard Wagamese. But warning! It’s incomplete. I didn’t realize when I got it, he seems to have gotten half way through writing it and passed away 😓

Thank you for the addition of some of his short stories.

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amazing

loved the book. so sad he didn't get to finish it. running with the land, so amazing!

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Beautiful

Calming, deep and profound. This author has a way of weaving a magical story through you. Always has. This last book is a crowing jewel and the ending is done with more integrity than I could have imagined. The narrator adds to the story and is voice and tone perfectly match and add to the story. Thank you ♥️

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Love his writing

So sad to hear he died. RIP Richard. Sad too, that there was no ending for this story.

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Stunning. There are no words to express my thanks

I thank you, Mr. Wagamese for your last gift of words that have penetrated my soul and though a dedicated reader of many authors and stories, you have come to be my favorite. It is in your complex yet simple text that I have come to know a little more of myself and the beauty of redemption. Sleep well my friend. I shall feel you in the land always.

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brilliant!

this is a beautiful novel and it's closing is sensitively managed by the producers. i think Wagamese would be pleased

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Beautiful story

The imagery painted by Richard Wagamese's words is vivid and almost shockingly real. His words take us out into the back country to experience the beauty and soulfulness of the land. Likewise he shows us how a relationship between a man and a woman, who has been abused by men all her life, can blossom with love, gentleness and the healing power of the land and the animals that live there. I have never listened to an entire book in one day before, as I did with this one. The narrator did an awesome job of relating the story which makes an audio book a great way to experience this book.
It's unfortunate that Richard was not able to complete the book only because I did not want his words to ever stop. However that does not detract from the telling of the story. It is a very worthwhile listen!!