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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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Ragged company - Richard Wagamese
August 23rd, 2014
Absolutely loved this book!!! Amazing author :)
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Ragged company - Richard Wagamese
August 23rd, 2014
Absolutely loved this book!!! Amazing author :)
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This book is extraordinary!
July 27th, 2014
This book is wonderful. So many life lessons for us to learn and to remember. One of those books that change your perspective on life, on people, of what's important. Please read!!
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Ragged Company
July 12th, 2014
An excellent read. The characters speak to you - their own thoughts & words, and you see situations from their differing views. Recommended.
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January 24th, 2014
I read the reviews for this novel and cannot wait to read it! It has such a unique, unheard-of story line. It is a new read, and a new world for me to get lost in! Can't wait !
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January 24th, 2014
Absolutely a must read! I could not put this down. Characters are well developed and intriguing. I love the premise, though slightly unbelievable. The deeper aspects of their lives ate revealed through the story, and are heart wrenching. The language may be course, but I admit I didn't notice because it was all in character. Richard Wagamese is a must read for all Canadians."
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January 24th, 2014
Brilliant! A true literary 'tour de force' which explores the very nature of time and it's relation to the human experience. Seemingly every page emits an overwhelming and unrelenting sense of rigid desperation.
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January 23rd, 2014
A lonely man reluctantly befriends 4 homeless people who have found a winning lottery ticket. It was an eye opening read as one learned why they chose to live on the streets. Well written, heart tugging story which I highly recommended to family and friends.
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January 23rd, 2014
This novel was a 'One Community, One Novel" book last year and I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Richard Wagamese speak. I had not read the book at this time. Needless to say he is a grand speaker. I have just finished this novel and am amazed at his skill in writing. The dialogue is most profound and is rich in meaning. The four homeless share more about the world than most people within society as we know it. Following their journey through the lottery winnings, it only begins to reach into your soul and give you a better understanding of humanity through their raw sincerity. It is a must read. You won't be disappointed.
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January 23rd, 2014
Great insight into characters. Great story of the homeless banding together as family. Only far fetched idea is the winning of a huge lottery jackpot.
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January 23rd, 2014
I highly recommend this book. I can't say enough good things about this book.
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October 12th, 2013
A glimpse into the challenges of homelessness by an author who understands
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October 9th, 2013
One of my favourite authors and I found the characters in this book to be very authentic and I enjoyed reading about them and their life.
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October 8th, 2013
Riveting book. Hard to put down. Focus on homeless persons and the effect money can have on them. The relationship of the main characters is one of the great aspects of this book. A MUST read
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October 5th, 2013
This was an excellent read. The main characters had interesting, individual stories that were inter-woven so nicely throughout the book. Wegamese portrayed life on the street with such clarity that I understood why some people live there. I really enjoyed reading Ragged Company, recommend it to anyone who wants to experience a good story.
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October 4th, 2013
An absolutely riveting story. Well constructed, true to life, and amazing exploration of what "home" means. A must read for anyone & everyone.
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Some good truth
September 12th, 2013
Let this book permeate!
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touching tale
January 15th, 2013
richard wagamese writes about an unlikely group of characters, unlikely because of the way they meet and what happens because of their time together.it is poignant because the subject matter of strret people, the rounders could easily be lost. thankfully mr. wagamese has made certain that hasn't happened...a must read!
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