The Round House

The Round House Description:

An exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family br br One of the most revered novelists of our time a brilliant chronicler of Native American life Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family br br Riveting and suspenseful arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine The Beet Queen and The Bingo Palace Erdrich s The Round House is a page turning masterpiece of literary fiction at once a powerful coming of age story a mystery and a tender moving novel of family history and culture

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

The Master Butchers Singing Club

The Master Butchers Singing Club Description:

From National Book Award winning em New York Times em bestselling author Louise Erdrich a profound and enchanting new novel a richly imagined world where butchers sing like angels br br Having survived World War I Fidelis Waldvogel returns to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend killed in action With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher s precious knife set Fidelis sets out for America In Argus North Dakota he builds a business a home for his family which includes Eva and four sons and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town When the Old World meets the New in the person of Delphine Watzka the great adventure of Fidelis s life begins Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted She meets Fidelis and the ground trembles These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine s life and the trajectory of this brilliant novel

Rating: 3.36 out of 5

Love Medicine

Love Medicine Description:

Set on and around a North Dakota reservation Love Medicine tells the story of the Lamartines and the Kashpaws two extraordinary families whose fates are united and sustained in a harsh world by the strength and diversity of their love br br We meet the sensual Lulu Lamartine whose children have different fathers but whose passionate tie to her first love Nector Kashpaw intensifies over the years June Kashpaw who froze to death in a snowstorm and the philosophical Lipsha Morrissey June s abandoned son who makes a love medicine to keep his grandparents together

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

The Beet Queen

The Beet Queen Description:

On a spring morning in young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus North Dakota After being orphaned in a most peculiar way they seek refuge in the butcher shop of their aunt and her husband So begins an exhilarating forty year saga brimming with colorful unforgettable characters ordinary Mary who will cause a miracle seductive Karl who lacks his sister s gift for survival Sita their lovely but disturbed cousin and the half Native American Celestine James who will become Mary s best friend Theirs is a story grounded in the tenacity of relationships the extraordinary magic of natural events and the unending mystery of the human condition br br Bestselling National Book Award winning author Louise Erdrich dazzles in this vibrant and heartfelt tale of abandonment and sexual obsession jealousy and unstinting love that explores with empathy humor and power the eternal mystery of the human condition

Rating: 3.39 out of 5

LaRose

LaRose Description:

In this literary masterwork Louise Erdrich the bestselling author of the National Book Award winning i The Round House i and the Pulitzer Prize nominee i The Plague of Doves i wields her breathtaking narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident a demand for justice and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture br br North Dakota late summer Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own He shoots with easy confidence but when the buck springs away Landreaux realizes he s hit something else a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger When he staggers closer he realizes he has killed his neighbor s five year old son Dusty Ravich br br The youngest child of his friend and neighbor Peter Ravich Dusty was best friends with Landreaux s five year old son LaRose The two families have always been close sharing food clothing and rides into town their children played together despite going to different schools and Landreaux s wife Emmaline is half sister to Dusty s mother Nola Horrified at what he s done the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition the sweat lodge for guidance and finds a way forward Following an ancient means of retribution he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola Our son will be your son now they tell them br br LaRose is quickly absorbed into his new family Plagued by thoughts of suicide Nola dotes on him keeping her darkness at bay His fierce rebellious new sister Maggie welcomes him as a co conspirator who can ease her volatile mother s terrifying moods Gradually he s allowed shared visits with his birth family whose sorrow mirrors the Raviches own As the years pass LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal br br But when a vengeful man with a long standing grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble hurling accusations of a cover up the day Dusty died he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole br br Inspiring and affecting i LaRose i is a powerful exploration of loss justice and the reparation of the human heart and an unforgettable dazzling tour de force from one of America s most distinguished literary masters

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

The Plague of Doves

The Plague of Doves Description:

p The unsolved murder of a farm family still haunts the white small town of Pluto North Dakota generations after the vengeance exacted and the distortions of fact transformed the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation br p p Part Ojibwe part white Evelina Harp is an ambitious young girl prone to falling hopelessly in love Mooshum Evelina s grandfather is a repository of family and tribal history with an all too intimate knowledge of the violent past And Judge Antone Bazil Coutts who bears witness understands the weight of historical injustice better than anyone Through the distinct and winning voices of three unforgettable narrators the collective stories of two interwoven communities ultimately come together to reveal a final wrenching truth p

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Tracks

Tracks Description:

Set earliest in time within the cycle of her prizewinning and bestselling books Love Medicine and The Beet Queen Tracks takes readers to North Dakota at a time when Indian tribes were struggling to keep what little remained of their land Features many familiar characters

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse Description:

This is the story of Father Damien Modeste priest to his beloved people the Ojibwe Modeste nearing the end of his life dreads the discovery of his physical identity for he is a woman who has lived as a man br For more than a half century Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people the Ojibwe on the remote reservation of Little No Horse To complicate his fears his quiet life changes when a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing difficult possibly false saint Sister Leopolda Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Sister Leopolda s piety and is faced with the most difficult decision of his life Should he reveal all he knows and risk everything Or should he manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda s wonder working is motivated by evil

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

The Painted Drum

The Painted Drum Description:

When a woman named Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town she isn t surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts After all the family descends from an Indian agent who worked on the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation that is home to her mother s family However she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum a powerful yet delicate object made from a massive moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar ornamented with symbols she doesn t recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt especially since without touching the instrument she hears it sound And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time following the strange passage of a powerful yet delicate instrument and revealing the extraordinary lives it has touched and defined br br Compelling and unforgettable bestselling author Louise Erdrich s em Painted Drum em explores the often fraught relationship between mothers and daughters the strength of family and the intricate rhythms of grief with all the grace wit and startling beauty that characterizes this acclaimed author s finest work

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Shadow Tag

Shadow Tag Description:

p Erdrich is a true original and one of our major writers i Washington Post Book World i p br p i Shadow Tag i the brilliant new novel by Louise Erdrich is a stunning tour de force from the National Book Critics Circle Award winning and i New York Times i bestselling author of i Love Medicine i and Pulitzer Prize finalist i The Plague of Doves i In the vein of the novels of such contemporaries as Zoe Heller and Susan Minot i Shadow Tag i is an intense and heart wrenching story of a troubled marriage and a family in disarray and a radical departure from Erdrich s previous acclaimed work p br p Here is the most telling fact you wish to possess me p br p Here is another fact I loved you and let you think you could p br p When Irene America discovers that her husband Gil has been reading her diary she begins a secret Blue Notebook stashed securely in a safe deposit box There she records the truth about her life and her marriage while turning her Red Diary hidden where Gil will find it into a manipulative farce Alternating between these two records complemented by unflinching third person narration i Shadow Tag i is an eerily gripping read p br p When the novel opens Irene is resuming work on her doctoral thesis about George Catlin the nineteenth century painter whose Native American subjects often regarded his portraits with suspicious wonder Gil who gained notoriety as an artist through his emotionally revealing portraits of his wife work that is adoring sensual and humiliating even shocking realizes that his fear of losing Irene may force him to create the defining work of his career p br p Meanwhile Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children fourteen year old genius Florian who escapes his family s unraveling with joints and a stolen bottle of wine Riel their only daughter an eleven year old feverishly planning to preserve her family no matter what disaster strikes and sweet kindergartener Stoney who was born his parents come to realize at the beginning of the end p br p As her home increasingly becomes a place of violence and secrets and she drifts into alcoholism Irene moves to end her marriage But her attachment to Gil is filled with shadowy need and delicious ironies In brilliantly controlled prose i Shadow Tag i fearlessly explores the complex nature of love the fluid boundaries of identity and one family s struggle for survival and redemption p

Rating: 3.52 out of 5