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I cannot recommend these two linked short novels strongly enough. They have the power of lyric poetry, but there's also a strong narrative thread. They deal with broad issues of family and extended family, race, love, fear, revenge, and more specific issues of native land and its usurpation. The politics of gender, race, ecology are dealt with in ways that manage to be comic as well as tragic, and are never ever simplistic. Similarly, the conclusions are poignant and life-affirming. I am (forgive the pun) tracking down the rest of the novels. How come I had read so little of Erdrich's work in the past?
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Erdrich wrote TRACKS in 1988 and FOUR SOULS in 2004--nearly two decades separate the writing of these two books, yet, listening to them both, all of that seems purely imaginary in the "real" time of the two novels. Erdrich's writing is finely honed: her characters Fleur and Nanapush will stick with you. Anna Fields does a magnificent job with the narration!
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