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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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mythic characters reappearing in different guises in her numerous novels, that these 36 stories, even those previously unpublished, resonate like favorite melodies.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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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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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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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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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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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 BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1993 by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Everything else around them, their cohorts in this volume, come off in by as merely, if skillfully, anecdotal."
In the latest Best American collection of 20, Erdrich makes all the expected and rightful choices—stories by John Updike, Alice Munro, Diane Johnson, Larry Woiwode, Mary Gordon, each of which rests on its own crafted base quite securely. 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 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 >