Indian Horse is being defended by Carol Huynh for Canada Reads 2013.
Richard Wagamese's latest novel deals with Saul Indian Horse, an alcoholic Ojibway man who finds himself the reluctant resident of an alcohol treatment centre after his latest binge. To come to peace with himself, he must tell his story. Wagamese takes readers on the often difficult journey through Saul's life, from his painful forced separation from his family and land when he's sent to a residential school to the brief salvation he finds in playing hockey. The novel is an unflinching portrayal of the harsh reality of life in 1960s Canada, where racism reigns and Saul's spirit is destroyed by the alienating effects of cultural displacement.
Indian Horse is Richard Wagamese's sixth novel. It was published by Douglas & McIntyre in February 2012.