The Island Walkers is a fast moving story of a typical baby boomer family set in post-WWII Southern Ontario. The Island Walkers follows a family of five through a year of turmoil both private and very public.
Scarred by his time in the war in Europe, Alf, the patriarch of the family fiercey conceals his wartime terrors and his current struggles from the wife he brought back from the war with him. His children struggle with their own problems and like their father, conceal their pain and terror with determination. As Alf finds himself the unwilling focal point of a campaign to unionize the local textile mill he is in turn a hero, a failure and a target.
Bemrose describes the "closed door" that the children of WWII war veterans know so well.
This report prepared by Joanne Birtch
Joe Walker, a high-school senior, lives with his father, Alf, his mother, Margaret, his little bother, jamie and his sister Penny on an island between two rivers of the town, Attawan, dominated by Bannerman's, a huge textile mill. Above the island, high on a hill in the North End, a new girl, Anna Maccrimmon,visits the town , and Joe is immediately smitten. While Joe tries to understand and attract the inscrutable Anna, Alf struggles with two mid-life crises. The mill is about to be taken over by a conglomerate, and Malachi Doyle comes to Attawan to unionize the plant. Meanwhile Prince, the new manager, promises Alf a job as a foreman if he provides names of workers who sign up. Alf knows from past experience when he tried to organize the plant as a young man in 1947 that these workers will be fired if he informs on them.
Will alf make foreman and betray his friends or work for the union? Will Joe interest the elusive Anna, a poet who loves an older man, who seems far above him?
This report prepared by B.J. Korson