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The Island Walkers: A Novel- John Bemrose


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Title: The Island Walkers: A Novel

ISBN : 0805074112
Author : John Bemrose
Publisher : Henry Holt
Media : Hardcover
SKU MIX6-U6-109E-MOV6-1669


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From Publishers Weekly&newline;&newline;Set in a Canadian mill town in the mid-1960s, this solemn, accomplished first novel charts the fate of mill worker Alf Walker and his family as the town teeters on the brink of great upheaval. In 1965, Bannerman's mills, the largest employer in Attawan, Ontario, are taken over by Intertex, a textile conglomerate with an eye for cost cutting. After the first round of layoffs, a union organizer comes to Attawan, attracting suspicion from both management and workers, many of whom remember the disastrous results of an ill-planned strike in 1949. Alf, reluctant to jeopardize his standing as heir apparent to the foreman's job, is particularly skeptical of the drive to unionize. However, when Alf's desire to please the new management leads to unintended consequences, he begins to reconsider his position. Meanwhile, Alf's son Joe, a studious teenager who plans to go to college, falls for Anna Macrimmon, a worldly new classmate whose father is an accountant at Intertex. At the other end of the social spectrum, Joe's younger brother, Jamie, befriends Billy Boileau, son of a poor half-Indian mother, prompting Jamie's mother, Margaret, to label the Boileaus &doublequote;not our kind of people,&doublequote; and going so far as to ban the child from her home. Bemrose's rather studied, deliberate prose and self-conscious lyricism slow the pace at first, but as the novel gains momentum, its exploration of class and vivid sense of place give it weight and depth. &newline;Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.&newline;&newline;&newline;From Booklist&newline;&newline;The Walker family lives in the Island, a small neighborhood of working-class homes along a bend in the Attawan River of Ontario. Like the Island's other residents, Alf Walker has worked at the Bannerman's textile mill since he returned from World War II with his English wife, Margaret. Bannerman's seems like a fortress for the Island, unchanging and implacable, until the news comes that a Quebec-based firm has purchased the mill. Firings quickly follow, a union organizer arrives, and the remaining workers scramble to choose sides in a bid to keep their livelihoods. For Alf's sensitive son Joe, who is working toward a college scholarship, change comes to the Island in the shape of the beautiful and enigmatic Anna, a troubled girl far beyond her classmates in both imagination and experience. Bemrose writes with quiet power, unflinchingly depicting the painful aftershocks that occur when the forces of modernity collide with the forces of custom. This is an astonishing debut, a big and breathtaking family novel that is both understated and passionate. Meredith Parets&newline;Copyright American Library Association. All rights reserved

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