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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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 >

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THE BLUE JAY'S DANCE by Louise Erdrich
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 1995

"Occasionally too self-conscious about the importance of Erdrich's role as Writer, but the bond between mother and infant has rarely been captured so well."
Astute, poetic reflections on the powerful mother-daughter relationship from conception through the baby's first year. Read full book review >

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LOVE MEDICINE by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 1993

"But, despite flaws and excesses, this is a notable, impressive book of first fiction: the unique evocation of a culture in severe social ruin, yet still aglow with the privilege and power of access to the spirit-world."
Called a novel, Erdrich's book of powerful stories interlocks the lives of two Chippewa families in North Dakota, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines (though some are Morrisseys too, and Nanapushes)—a tribal chronicle of defeat that ranges from 1934 to the present, Illegitimacy, alcoholism, prison, and aborted dreams of something better mark both clans; and the fluidity of exchange between them is echoed by poet Erdrich's loose, time-shifting approach—an oblique sort of narration that sometimes makes it difficult to remember who's who among the characters. Read full book review >

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TRACKS by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1988

"Not the best Erdrich, in other words, but a block nonetheless in her quite special ongoing oeuvre."
Erdrich keeps to her cast of rich Chippewa characters here—Pillagers, Kashpawa, Lazarres: familiar to readers of both Love Medicine and The Beet Queen—but has placed them chronologically before the setting of those other novels. Read full book review >