Waterwalk: Reviews

“Writer and poet Steven Faulkner had a brilliant idea to grow closer to his distant teenage son. Take a nine-week, 1,000 mile canoe trip. And not just any canoe trip, but one that followed the route Father Jacques Marquette and explorer Louis Joliet took between St. Ignace, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri in 1673.”

– Ellen Creager, Detroit Free Press

“Gripping, Waterwalk is energized and made relevant in part by Faulkner’s descriptive literary prose.”

– Geeta Sharma Jensen, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“His is the quintessential journey—a trip far outward, deep inward—to see what you’re made of. It turns out, Steven Faulkner and his son are made of very strong stuff, and the vivid account Faulkner here provides makes for exciting reading.”

–Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong and Eventide

“Waterwalk” is a triple journey: a journey into the heart of this continent 300 years ago—as depicted in Marquette’s own journal, a modern exploration of the quiet waterways that weave their way through busy, rush-around America, and a voyage through the heart of a father-son relationship.”

The Topeka Capital Journal

“An adventure of heart and soul.”

– Larry Freeze, Kansas Country Living

“A poet, Faulkner keeps the book flowing like water, slipping easily between history, cultural critique, and riveting pictures of what the two adventurers saw on their odyssey.”

– Annie Calovich, The Wichita Eagle

“Terrific, Faulkner is a marvelous writer . . . Faulkner’s juxtaposition of his journey with the historic trek of these two famous explorers imbues this delightful book with more interest and heft than the typical adventure yarn.”

– Alan Couture, ForeWord Magazine

“Well done. A most capable prose style.”

– William Least Heat Moon, author of Blue Highways and River Horse

“Steven Faulkner skillfully enlists sun, moon, wind, water, sand and fire in bringing the reader alongside him and his son on their nine-week voyage. Waterwalk is in turns humorous, haunting, exhilarating, even devastating. There are encounters with “ghosts” here to be savored long afterwards. It’s a lyrical odyssey I did not want to end.”

– James Kushiner, executive editor, Touchstone Magazine

Thank you for your interest in Steven Faulkner, author of the book Bitterroot: Echoes of Beauty and Loss, and Waterwalk: A Passage of Ghosts.