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Another great novel by Louise Erdrich; her characters are palpable, her dialogue sounds just like people speak, she creates multiple intertwining plot lines, and she keeps the whole thing moving forward without any apparent effort.
This is a story where the title character isn't really the main--or at least not the only main--character of the story. The novel allows the reader/listener to figure out who might be the center of the novel slowly. I loved this technique. (Of course, like many or maybe all of her books, the "main character" is the entire community described in the book--including the community's history and ancestors.)
The issues that the characters deal with will be familiar to those who have read Erdrich before. She broadens the story by exploring lives of the ancestors of the characters in the book--and the stories they told and still tell.
I am not necessarily a fan of Author-read books. This is an exception. Erdrich's narration was perfect for the book; her phrasing was precise. The minor but consistent changes in her voice indicated which character was speaking, and her accents were spot-on.
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Having just finished this book I'm a bit overcome with emotion to put its impact into words. I will say that, as an Ojibwe woman myself, I found it utterly absorbing, beautiful, true, funny, moving, heartbreaking, and by the end I felt joy! She is an incredible writer and we are so lucky as listeners that the author read this book herself. She captures each character perfectly and winds her various stories together to make one cohesive and yet surprising tale that will stay with you. I'm just crazy about this book.
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