Come Back by Rudy Wiebe

Come Back

Come Back book jacketHal Wiens, a retired professor, is mourning the sudden death of his loving wife, Yo. One snowy April morning, while drinking coffee with his Dené friend Owl in south-side Edmonton, he sees a tall man in an orange downfill jacket walk past on the sidewalk. The jacket, the posture, the head and hair are unmistakable: it’s his beloved oldest son, Gabriel. But it can’t be–Gabriel killed himself 25 years ago. The sighting throws Hal’s inert life into tumult. As he becomes absorbed in his son’s life, lost on a tide of “relentless memory,” Hal’s grief–and guilt–is portrayed with a stunning immediacy, drawing us into a powerful emotional and spiritual journey.

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