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Medicine River

(1990)
A novel by

 
 
When Will returns to Medicine River, he thinks he is simply attending his mother's funeral. He doesn't count on Harlen Bigbear and his unique brand of community planning. Harlen tries to sell Will on the idea of returning to Medicine River to open shop as the town's only Native photographer. Somehow, that's exactly what happens.

Through Will's gentle and humorous narrative, we come to know Medicine River, a small Albertan town bordering a Blackfoot reserve. And we meet its people: the basketball team; Louise Heavyman and her daughter, South Wing; Martha Oldcrow, the marriage doctor; Joe Bigbear, Harlen's world-travelling, storytelling brother; Bertha Morley, who has a short fling with a Calgary dating service; and David Plume, who went to Wounded Knee. At the centre of it all is Harlen, advising and pestering, annoying and entertaining, gossiping and benevolently interfering in the lives of his friends and neighbours.

Genre: General Fiction

Used availability for Thomas King's Medicine River

Hardback Editions

January 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Medicine River
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-670-82962-5 / 978-0-670-82962-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Adult
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Paperback Editions

August 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Medicine River: Penguin Modern Classics Edition
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-14-319114-4 / 978-0-14-319114-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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September 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Medicine River
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-14-305435-X / 978-0-14-305435-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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May 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Medicine River
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-14-025474-9 / 978-0-14-025474-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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September 1991 : UK Paperback

Title: Medicine River
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-14-751840-7 / 978-0-14-751840-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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January 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Medicine River
Author(s): Thomas King
ISBN: 0-14-012603-1 / 978-0-14-012603-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Medicine River
Author(s): Thomas King
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
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November 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Medicine River
Author(s): Thomas King
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
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Kindle Editions

August 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Medicine River
Author(s): Thomas King
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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