Years ago, I read Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese and it changed my life. I had another of his books on my list for years and finally had time to read it!
By Richard Wagamese
Four homeless friends decide to shelter from a particularly cold winter's day by going to the movie theatre. There, they happen upon a gentleman, who at first moves away from them, but who, over the course of the book and multiple random meetings at the movies, becomes a very good friend. This of course comes in handy when one of the ragged company finds a $13 million winning lottery ticket on the street, because you need ID and thus an address to claim such a fortune! The book tells the back stories of all the friends, as well as their present issues of dealing with such a lifestyle change, and their journeys to overcome their inner demons.
This book has a simple premise, but is very sweet, and poignant, if a little rough around the edges. I enjoy Wagamese's writing style, and got so into the characters I cried at three different parts (twice on an airplane, yeesh). I did think it went on a bit too long and that the last quarter dragged a bit, but it wrapped up well with a happy and hopeful ending. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a not-super-depressing-or-gruesomely-traumatic read. Let me know if you end up crying on an airplane when Timber tries to find his wife...