The Game of Silence : Birchbark House

  • by Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • Series: Birchbark House
  • 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Her name is Omakayas, or Little Frog, because her first step was a hop, and she lives on an island in Lake Superior. It is 1850 and the lives of the Ojibwe have returned to a familiar rhythm: they build their birchbark houses in the summer, go to the ricing camps in the fall to harvest and feast, and move to their cozy cedar log cabins near the town of LaPointe before the first snows.The satisfying routines of Omakayas's days are interrupted by a surprise visit from a group of desperate and mysterious people. From them, she learns that all their lives may drastically change. The chimookomanag, or white people, want Omakayas and her people to leave their island in Lake Superior and move farther west. Omakayas realizes that something so valuable, so important that she never knew she had it in the first place, is in danger: Her home. Her way of life.
In this captivating sequel to National Book Award nominee The Birchbark House, Louise Erdrich continues the story of Omakayas and her family.


What the Critics Say

"Erdrich is a talented storyteller, mixing legend and myth with realistic narrative to create a world in which humans and spirits coexist." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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Moving coming of age story

I wanted this story to go on forever. Beautifully written and masterfully read. A real gem for readers of all ages!
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- Avidlistener "Avidlistener10"


Well researched, well written, well read! This book, and the entire series that follows Omakayas and her family, is delightful to read or listen to. This is the absolute best of Historical Fiction. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
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- CozyToes in Vermont

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-27-2005
  • Publisher: HarperAudio