Search Results: "Louise Erdrich"


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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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FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"There is much to rue in this novel about our world but also hope for salvation: 'I think we have survived because we love beauty and because we find each other beautiful,' as the novel's protagonist puts it. 'I think it may be our strongest quality.'"
The idea that evolution could suddenly move backward may seem like an incredible fantasy, but in this dreamlike, suspenseful novel, it's a fitting analogue for the environmental degradation we already experience. 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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THE PLAGUE OF DOVES by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2008

"A lush, multilayered book."
The latest Erdrich novel (The Painted Drum, 2005, etc.) about the Ojibwes and the whites they live among in North Dakota spirals around a terrible multiple murder that reverberates down through generations of a community. Read full book review >

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THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"This second novel in a planned trilogy lacks the breadth and richness of Erdrich at her best, but middling Erdrich is still pretty great."
Erdrich returns to the North Dakota Ojibwe community she introduced in The Plague of Doves (2008)—akin but at a remove from the community she created in the continuum of books from Love Medicine to The Red Convertible—in this story about the aftermath of a rape. Read full book review >

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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 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 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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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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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 >

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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 >