Dream Wheels

Dream Wheels

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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Champion bull-rider Joe Willie Wolfchild is poised to win the most sought after title in rodeo when a devastating accident at the National Finals leaves his body and ambitions in tatters. Unsure of what else to do, he retires to the panoramic family ranch, Wolfcreek, to mend. Claire Hartley and her fifteen-year-old son Aiden have nearly been torn apart by abusive boyfriends and an unjust world when a friend sends them to the Wolfchild ranch. Thrown together by terrible circumstance, it appears Aiden and Joe Willie have more in common than their childhoods would suggest. After a rocky start, they strike a deal: Aiden will help Joe Willie repair his '34 Ford V8 pickup if the former champion teaches the city kid how to ride a bull. As Wagamese reveals their story, he rewrites the history of the American cowboy. In taut, muscular prose, Wagamese explores how independence, self-determination, and a return to cultural tradition can heal body, mind, and community.
Publisher: [United States] : Milkweed Editions : Made available through hoopla, 2016
ISBN: 9781571319326
1571319328
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Reads_A_Lot
Jun 01, 2016

This was on the "new" shelf at my library so was surprised to find out that it was first published in 2006. Beautiful story, beautifully written. Draws you into the heart of the cowboy, the heart of being Native American, the heart of a strong family. I have only been to one rodeo and I found it to be so violent I've never been to another. So I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. The descriptions of the bull riding brings a majestic, athletic artistry to it. It's described from both the rider and the bull's point of view. Mostly this is a story of Joe Willie's healing of his body and mind, and Aiden's discovery of what path he wants to walk in life. Great characters, good symbolism, scenic setting - really liked this book.

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kljl
May 30, 2013

It took awhile to get into the book, but I did enjoy it.

melwyk May 01, 2012

This book is set in Western Canada -- it is deliberately vague in setting, it could be a ranch in Alberta or in Montana, there are no specific towns or locations to tie it to. Despite that, it has a strong sense of place. The landscape, the work they do, the trails they ride and mountains that surround them are everpresent.

The story focuses on Joe Willie Wolfchild, a rodeo bull rider and as they say, a true Indian Cowboy. There are many topics that interweave in this novel: Native identity, family, belonging, purpose.

Overall I was glad I picked it up. It was different from anything I've read lately, and gave me another way of seeing life. There were some issues I had with it, specifically the beatific presentation of the women in it, at least the women in the Wolfchild family. And I did find the characters to nearly all speak in the same way, making it a bit difficult to ascertain who was speaking at times.

But it did inspire me to seek out Richard Wagamese's blog, A Writer's World, which is full of beautifully written thoughts on his life.

Cdnbookworm Apr 18, 2011

This story deals with the growth and maturing of more than one character. There are many themes present here and it would be a good choice for a book club.
Joe Willie Wolfchild is about to become a World Champion rodeo cowboy when he is severely injured by a bull he is riding. As he comes to terms with the way his life has changed as a result of the injury, he is supported by his close family.
Claire Hartley and her son Aiden have lived a nomadic life as Claire has moved from one unsuitable man to another. After Aiden is arrested as a result of a botched robbery, an Edmonton policeman helps them find a new beginning, but they both must still face their past and choose their futures for themselves.

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Iluv2read
Sep 25, 2010

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MadMatter Aug 12, 2009

If you want literary exposure to Bull Riding, this is your book.

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