I was moved to read this book by comments on the contents, and I was well rewarded. Mr. Wagamese does, truly, write exquisitely. He brings to life the story of particular and generational abuse perpetrated by staff of the schools on native children who were forced to attend in white hopes of destroying the children's "inherent evil" and turning them into proper servants for the white society that took for their own personal use everything the Indians had had for millennia .
The story unfolds gradually, and one is taken into the story viscerally by the extreme care Mr. Wagamese takes to make everything real without being sordid. The recent disclosure of the Catholic church clergy's generational abuse of children in Pennsylvania and its tacit acceptance and cover up by the structure of the church bring fresh power to this story of Saul Indian Horse and his redemptive journey. It brought tears and a sense of renewal of the spirit to me.