Search Results: "Louise Erdrich"


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THE LAST REPORT ON THE MIRACLES AT LITTLE NO HORSE by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2001

"Comparisons to Willa Cather (particularly her Death Comes for the Archbishop) as well as Faulkner now seem perfectly just. That's how good Erdrich has become."
The North Dakota world of interrelated Native American families that Erdrich has shaped into a myth of Faulknerian proportions is once again the province of her extraordinary sixth novel: a worthy companion to such triumphs as Love Medicine (1993) andThe Antelope Wife (1998). Read full book review >

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THE PORCUPINE YEAR by Louise Erdrich
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Charming and enlightening. (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
This third entry in the Birchbark House series takes Omakayas and her family west from their home on the Island of the Golden-Breasted Woodpecker, away from land the U.S. government has claimed. Read full book review >

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THE PAINTED DRUM by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2005

"Hard to believe, but Erdrich just keeps getting better."
The eponymous Native American object vibrates powerfully—as both instrument and symbol—in this tenth volume in Erdrich's epic Ojibwe saga. Read full book review >

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THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2003

"There are echoes of Steinbeck's East of Eden as well, in a thoughtful, artful, painfully moving addition to an ongoing American saga."
The tensions between stoical endurance and the frailty of human connection, as delineated in Erdrich's almost unimaginably rich eighth novel: a panoramic exploration of "a world where butchers sing like angels." Read full book review >

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THE ANTELOPE WIFE by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"This is realism at its most magical, in a novel as satisfying as any Erdrich has written."
Erdrich's stunningly imagined sixth novel follows the trail blazed by such well-received predecessors as The Bingo Palace (1994). Read full book review >

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LOUISE by Louise Krug
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"There are fine moments here, but also considerable padding, so that, like so many other books, this is really a magazine article—interesting and readable, but an article all the same."
Memoir of a life turned upside down by illness. Read full book review >

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LAROSE by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about 'the phosphorous of grief' but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another."
After accidentally shooting his friend and neighbor's young son, a man on a Native American reservation subscribes to "an old form of justice" by giving his own son, LaRose, to the parents of his victim. Read full book review >

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THE BIRCHBARK HOUSE by Louise Erdrich
Released: May 1, 1999

"Omakayas cannot find her way back to happiness until an odd old woman tells her the truth of her past, in a novel that is by turns charming, suspenseful, and funny, and always bursting with life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
With this volume, Erdrich (Grandmother's Pigeon, 1996, etc.) launches her cycle of novels about a 19th-century Ojibwa family, covering in vivid detail their everyday life as they move through the seasons of one year on an island on Lake Superior. Read full book review >

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TALES OF BURNING LOVE by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1996

"Maybe not quite tales of burning love, but definitely plenty of smoke."
Erdrich opens her sprawling and ambitious new novel with the same haunting episode that began Love Medicine (1984): A young Chippewa woman gets out of a car and walks through a snowstorm to her death—but this time we see it all through the eyes of the man who was with her in that car. Read full book review >

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THE BINGO PALACE by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Lots of fancy molding here, swirls and gewgaws—but an insubstantial palace in the end."
Plucked from the revolving carousel of Erdrich's Chippewa characters now is Lipsha Morrissey—the good-for-nothing doofus son of much-escaped convict Gerry Nanapush and spooky June Kapshaw- -who's been batting around off the reservation but returns and promptly falls stone in love with Shawnee Ray, a single mother half-pledged to the tribe's gambling-casino entrepreneur, the much older Lyman Lamartine. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"Erdrich requires a degree of commitment not every reader will make, but fans will find that these stories distill her body of work to its essence."
Erdrich (The Plague of Doves, 2008, etc.) has created such a complex fictional universe, with mythic characters reappearing in different guises in her numerous novels, that these 36 stories, even those previously unpublished, resonate like favorite melodies. Read full book review >

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FOUR SOULS by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2004

"A welcome addition, then, to a uniquely enthralling and important American story."
The loss of ancestral lands and the revivifying power of traditions shape the dialectic that informs the latest in Erdrich's expanding Ojibwe saga (The Master Butchers Singing Club, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >