Search Results: "Louise Erdrich"


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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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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 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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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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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 >

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SHADOW TAG by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"Readers familiar with Erdrich's personal life may suspect she has written close to the bone here, but she manages the rare achievement of rising above the facts she has incorporated to create a small masterpiece of compelling, painfully moving fiction."
Taking a risky leap, Erdrich sets aside the magical-realist style of her many volumes about the Ojibwes (The Red Convertible, 2008 etc.) to write a domestic tragedy set among sophisticated, assimilated, highly educated and successful Native Americans. Read full book review >

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

"The new stories are not equal to the best of the old here, but also do no particular damage to the net effect."
Erdrich has added five new "chapters" to what in 1984 was originally called a novel. 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 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 >