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The joy of Erdrich’s novels lies in the way her characters live so richly, and are as present to the reader as our own friends and relatives are." - Erica Wagner, The Guardian AP Literature: Titles from Free Response Questions since 1971". Mseffie.com. May 13, 2013. Archived from the original on November 30, 2014 . Retrieved October 23, 2013. Dartmouth Alumna Louise Erdrich '76 Wins National Book Award | Dartmouth Now". Now.dartmouth.edu. November 15, 2012. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014 . Retrieved October 23, 2013.

A ghost haunting a bookstore is rather alluring to this reader, in theory. But in practice, I just couldn’t buy it. Not that I’m opposed to ghost stories (see my review of Rebecca if you don’t believe me!). I like my ghosts a bit more subtle, and Flora was too over the top for me - as was the main character, Tookie. After finishing the book, I have no real good picture of this Ojibwe woman who had been imprisoned, released early, and who then sought refuge as an employee of a bookstore. Perhaps my imagination is failing me these days, but I had a better impression of some of her coworkers than I did of Tookie herself. But, I have to admit that I was absolutely on board with the interactions between the store employees as well as Tookie’s passion for books and reading. Who wouldn’t be?! Strange, enchanting and funny: a work about motherhood, doom, regret and the magic – dark, benevolent and every shade in between – of words on paper’ New York Times Tookie's household also grows, with the appearance of Pollux's niece, "inherited" from one of his brothers, Hetta, complete with newborn Jarvis. Erdrich anchors her story through the character of Tookie. Tookie proudly wears her Ojibwe identity. But her complicated past will continue to throw shadows upon her. She was arrested for a crime in which she lost all good sense. Prison taught her many skills and honed in her ability to see well beyond the obvious. Her diligence got her a job in a small business bookstore and the lasting imprint of her personality roped in a husband, Pollux, a former police officer. Their relationship was destined in the stars. First of all, I’m going to find out more about this Native American Renaissance and read more from Erdritch.

The proximity of events (which keep coming) also keeps the book from becoming too reflective -- but also gives it an at times surface-skim-like feel, as much as Erdrich seeks to ground it in Tookie. Erdrich is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant writers of the second wave of the Native American Renaissance. She has written 28 books in all, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children's books. In 2009, her novel The Plague of Doves was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and received an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. [4] In November 2012, she received the National Book Award for Fiction for her novel The Round House. [5] She is a 2013 recipient of the Alex Awards. She was awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction at the National Book Festival in September 2015. [6] In 2021, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel The Night Watchman. [7] The sincere and somewhat gruff Tookie is a fine guide, and her turbulent life -- and the genuine affection (despite the occasional frustrations) she has for those around her -- make her a fine main figure.

Louise” is the bookstore owner and also an author, perhaps “the author” of the novel. It seems very meta. Is the book meant to be somewhat autobiographical?The word “urgent” is a favorite of book blurbers and reviewers. The Sentence has me rethinking its value. Along with Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart and Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney, Erdrich’s new novel marks one of the first major works of contemporary fiction to use the pandemic and its satellite catastrophes as a setting. Shteyngart, like Boccaccio before him, uses pestilence as story frame straight away, whereas Erdrich lets us watch as it infects every cell of her pre-established narrative, with mixed results. Her book proposes that it’s time to consider how the events of the past year and a half will haunt us, but this crisis is not yet a ghost. It’s not even on its last legs. The Sentencebegins on All Souls’ Day 2019 and ends on All Souls’ Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written. 10 The Sentence Book Club Questions She is also the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis that focuses on Native American literature and the Native community in the Twin Cities. [8] Personal life [ edit ]

LE: I briefly worked with prisoners in North Dakota’s state penitentiary, and then with the Women’s Prison Book Project here in Minnesota. So I knew that reading was one of the few activities afforded inmates, and sometimes the only way to escape the four walls or to connect with what’s going on outside. The Antelope Wife (1998), Erdrich's first novel after her divorce from Dorris, was the first of her novels to be set outside the continuity of the previous books. [2] Erdrich heavily revised the book in 2009 and published the revision as The Antelope Woman in 2016. [34] Dartmouth 2009 Honorary Degree Recipient Louise Erdrich '76 (Doctor of Letters)". Dartmouth.edu. June 7, 2010. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014 . Retrieved October 23, 2013. She was married to author Michael Dorris and the two collaborated on a number of works. The couple separated in 1995.The book felt very jumbled as well that didn’t help. Lots of drawn-out conversations that didn’t seem to move the plot forward and then suddenly a major event would be introduced and skimmed over in a sentence which led to me saying ‘wait, what?’ and having to re-read. After reading a spoiler for the end of the book, I don’t think I particularly missed much - the reader asking a question about it also seemed to have missed an important plot point which meant the conclusion made little sense so I think I may have made the right decision in putting it down. Knoeller, Christian (2012). "Landscape and Language in Erdrich's "Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country" ". Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 19 (4): 645–660. doi: 10.1093/isle/iss111. ISSN 1076-0962. JSTOR 44087160. a b Halliday, Lisa (Winter 2010). "Louise Erdrich, The Art of Fiction". The Paris Review. Winter 2010 (208).

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