Four chronically homeless people–Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger–seek refuge in a warm movie theatre when a severe Arctic Front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world, and once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing “the same story over and over again” in favour of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck.
A found cigarette package (contents: some unsmoked cigarettes, three $20 bills, and a lottery ticket) changes the fortune of this struggling set. The ragged company discovers they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives, and fortunes, become forever changed.
Ragged Company is a journey into both the future and the past. Richard Wagamese deftly explores the nature of the comforts these friends find in their ideas of “home,” as he reconnects them to their histories.
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I really enjoyed the book. It’s well written and touching.
This is a wonderful book that articulates so magnificently that you don’t want to put it down. The character development is excellent and you feel like you know these people. The story line is captivating and there are ongoing surprises and heartwarming events until the last page. Enjoy
A Big Story
There were times when I felt a bit overwhelmed by this novel and had to take a breather from it for awhile. I always knew I would be back to finish it though.
The characters were so compelling and the life stories and experiences were very real.
I know I found truths and "aha" moments frequently during this read. If you're a thinker you will want to read this book.