Medicine River

Topics: Medicine River, Family, Concept Pages: 2 (260 words) Published: April 21, 2013
“Where We Belong”

Thomas King’s book “Medicine River”, is about a man named Will, who no

matter what he does, he feels his connections are not he wants when he lived in Toronto,

that is, until he goes back home to Medicine River for his mother’s funeral. This is where

he meets Harlen Bigbear, a blunt and straight-forward kind of guy who becomes one of

Will’s best friends. I feel Harlen is a big reason why Will comes back to Medicine River.

As much as Will and James, who is Will’s brother, had a mother growing up, I feel Will

finally has a sense of family when he goes back to Medicine River. A day out with

everyone in town seems to make Will a part of their own. Will is in an intimate friendship

with Louise Heavyman and plays the father figure to her infant daughter, South Wing.

Harlen, I feel is a big part of Will coming back to Medicine River, Harlen was

kind of aggressive on his approach to getting to know Will. Harlen tried to get to know

Will. Harlen tried to spice up Medicine River, comparing it to Toronto. He even said that

there were no Indian photographers, stating there was no competition for an Indian

photographer. Harlen also said that it would be a good idea to “start [Will’s] own

business” (King 90). I feel that if Harlen did not suggest he try, Will probably would have

stayed in Toronto. Harlen did everything he could to bring everything Indian back home.
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