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August 2012

"Wagamese's compelling novel harnesses two quintessentially Canadian themes, hockey and colonialism, to create an exhilarating and heart-breaking story. Indian Horse reads like 'powerful medicine, allowing vital teachings to be shared.'"

Briar Patch Magazine, Aug 31, 2012
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June 2012

"This book is so many things; it is a mystical tale; it is an ode to the good old hockey game and its power to lift players above their situations; it is a story of a system that fails and fails its children in horrifying ways; it is a story of healing...This is ultimately a hopeful and beautiful book and I recommend it heartily."

Guelph Mercury, Jun 1, 2012
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May 2012

“…The hockey chapters are compelling; they evoke Sherman Alexie’s fiction that examines contemporary life on American Indian reservations through the lens of basketball. But it is as a story of reconciliation that this novel reveals Wagamese’s masterful subtly…In a single image, Wagamese complicates in blinding ways the entire narrative; in a single page, Indian Horse deepens from an enjoyable read to a gripping critique of Canada.”

Kyle Carsten Wyatt, The Walrus, May 10, 2012
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April 2012

"Wagamese has written one of the rarest sorts of books: a novel which is both important and a heart-in-throat pleasure."

Edmonton Journal, Apr 21, 2012
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March 2012

"Indian Horse is a taut, closely observed character study with fabulous writing about our beloved sport."

More Magazine, Mar 20, 2012
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March 2012

"Indian Horse finds the granite solidity of Wagamese's prose polished to a lustrous sheen; brisk, brief, sharp chapters propel the reader forward. He seamlessly braids together his two traditions: English literary and aboriginal oral. So audible is Saul's voice, that I heard him stop speaking whenever I closed the book...Wagamese crafts an unforgettable work of art."

National Post, Mar 9, 2012
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March 2012

"Richard Wagamese is a master storyteller, who blends the throb of life with spiritual links to the land, hard work, and culture to find success, his words take you into the soul of Indian Horse, to experience his pain, his growing resentments, his depression, and his fear which has to be faced if he is to regain the joy of life. This book is meant for youth, adults, and elders, to be shared, to be lived, and to be treasured for the clear message of hope and the need to go the distance."

Wawatey News, Mar 1, 2012
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February 2012

"...raw and authentic."

Vancouver Weekly, Feb 29, 2012
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February 2012

"...Wagamese alternates between horror and Hockey Night in Canada, like he's an all-star centre flawlessly firing backhand shots."

Telegraph Journal, Feb 25, 2012
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February 2012

"Richard Wagamese's writing is exceptional not only for its sensitivity but for a warmth that extends beyond the page. With a finely calibrated hand, he explores heritage, identity, nature, salvation, and gratitude in works that quietly celebrate storytelling’s vitality and power to transcend."

Georgia Straight, Feb 22, 2012
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