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Night Watchman
Night Watchman | Louise Erdrich
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich's grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman.Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new "emancipation" bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isn't about freedom; Congress is fed up with Indians. The bill is a "termination" that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity. How can the government abandon treaties made in good faith with Native Americans "for as long as the grasses shall grow, and the rivers run"?Since graduating high school, Pixie Paranteau has insisted that everyone call her Patrice. Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Patrice, the class valedictorian, has no desire to wear herself down with a husband and kids. She makes jewel bearings at the plant, a job that barely pays her enough to support her mother and brother. Patrice's shameful alcoholic father returns home sporadically to terrorize his wife and children and bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to follow her beloved older sister, Vera, who moved to the big city of Minneapolis. Vera may have disappeared; she hasn't been in touch in months, and is rumored to have had a baby. Determined to find Vera and her child, Patrice makes a fateful trip to Minnesota that introduces her to unexpected forms of exploitation and violence, and endangers her life.Thomas and Patrice live in this impoverished reservation community along with young Chippewa boxer Wood Mountain and his mother Juggie Blue, her niece and Patrice's best friend Valentine, and Stack Barnes, the white high school math teacher and boxing coach who is hopelessly in love with Patrice. In the Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich creates a fictional world populated with memorable characters who are forced to grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature. Illuminating the loves and lives, the desires and ambitions of these characters with compassion, wit, and intelligence, The Night Watchman is a majestic work of fiction from this revered cultural treasure.
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Melkyl
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This is a beautifully written book. I grew to love the characters as I read about them. This is based on actual events, so that made it even more intriguing.

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Beautiful writing about a not so beautiful part of American history where the US government wants to exterminate the Native Americans in the 1950s. The novel weaves together many characters into a colorful rich tapestry.

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staci.reads
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My #Bookspin for July. It's my first Erdrich, and I have to say I love her style. I will definitely read more from her. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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vlwelser
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So good. And the #audiobook is read by the author. This author is magic.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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youneverarrived
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There‘s quite a few ‘main‘ characters in this so it took a little while to settle into but once I did I flew through it. It‘s set against the backdrop of the ‘emancipation‘ bill against Native Americans in the 1950s but the main focus was on the characters & their lives. She packs a lot in and I think some sections it could have done without (the Vera parts mainly) but overall I really enjoyed it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

squirrelbrain Great review! I *will* get to this soon! 🤔 4mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain so many books! Hope you like it too if you do get to it. I‘ve got The Sentence on hold at the library so looking forward to reading that soon. 4mo
vivastory The Sentence remains one of my favorites of the year, this one sounds great 4mo
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Megabooks Interesting! I think I‘m going to stack it. 4mo
Megabooks Thanks for the tag 💜 4mo
youneverarrived @vivastory I‘ve heard such good things, looking forward to reading it 4mo
youneverarrived @Megabooks no worries 😘 it wouldn‘t make my ‘best of‘ list or anything but it‘s an enjoyable read 4mo
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Jolynne
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This story is not only based on one of the U.S. government's many attempts at genocide but a moving and touching story of the lives of real human beings.

Excellent, this may be my new favorite Erdrich novel.

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youneverarrived
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How I‘m spending Alfie‘s nap time 😁

I started this last night so not too far into it but so far it‘s good!

squirrelbrain Ooh I‘m interested to know what you think. I have this one on kindle and really want to read it as I loved The Sentence so much. 4mo
Tamra I enjoyed this on audio! 4mo
Megabooks Same as Helen! Tag me if/when you review! 💜💜 4mo
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batsy Perfect! Snack and a book 💖 4mo
LeahBergen Perfect planning! 😊 4mo
youneverarrived @squirrelbrain @Megabooks I will let you both know 🤍 4mo
youneverarrived @Tamra it kept me reading past my bedtime last night which is always a good sign 😆 4mo
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Kangaj1
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Cleared my #bookspinbingo board for April - I was not sure I was going to be able to this month, especially as one book I read was 1800 pages (All the Young Dudes). Finished the last two tonight! @thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!!! 5mo
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marleed
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I‘m giving this a pick mostly for the effort I made in order to understand it. I was lost in the audio and think I‘d have benefitted from a physical copy. It took me listening a second time around to understand the story. I remain confused as to why some aspects of the story were included. Other parts were fascinating - Lamanites - are you kidding me - ugh :(

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peacegypsy
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On to more of the beloved Erdrich….

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Lvpthemvp
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This has been on hold so long at my local library I cannot remember who recommended it. was it you?

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Kazzie
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I loved this book! She has such a beautiful voice and is a very gifted storyteller. Her characters aren‘t perfect but are real and sympathetic

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staci.reads
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Three bookstores and seven books - I'm calling that pretty good self control 🤷‍♀️.

Soubhiville I really like the shirt! 8mo
Zoes_Human I loved The Night Watchman! 8mo
Liz_M You're in MN? I grew up in St. Paul. 😀 8mo
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staci.reads @Liz_M I live in Northern Iowa. We did a quick weekend trip to the Twin Cities for my bday. It's the first time we've been in downtown St. Paul. It's cool! 8mo
staci.reads @Zoes_Human looking forward to it! 8mo
Liz_M @staci.reads I'm glad you enjoyed it and managed to visit some of the best bookstores! 8mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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This was engaging and I grew very attached to a few of the characters, but it felt a bit cluttered at times with some extraneous side plots and shifts in style. The writing is beautiful though and I loved being immersed in the reservation life - the traditions and history. Erdrich has a particular way of looking at the world that allows me to see differently.

Tamra She really is so good at building characters! 8mo
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brushlo
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so good. great characters. unfortunately the backdrop of indian termination is true. loved thomas and pixie.

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DivineDiana
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TMBCI- Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
Louise Erdrich based this powerful book on her grandfather, who fought against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota to Washington D.C. She brilliantly incorporates the struggles of the Native American world with the white world into this story, filled with family love. A combination of harsh realities and magic. Spare, beautiful writing. The author‘s voice on audio is perfect. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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DivineDiana
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Starting Book Club #2 reading selection.
Starting with Hoopla audio and just received notification that the actual book is ready for me at the Library! 🎧 📚👏🏻

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CuriousG
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My husband does such a good job at picking birthday presents. Can't wait to get started on this!

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Cinfhen
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This was a struggle!! Read and finished for bookclub or else I probably would have bailed. I thought the story was all over the place. While I appreciated learning about Native American culture, lore and way of life I didn‘t connect to all the imagery and magical realism. I thought many side stories were unnecessary and weighed the story down. I know #UnpopularOpinion

Cathythoughts Oh dear !! Well done , you finished for Bookclub 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
TrishB I got it for 99p so it won‘t be a disaster. Be interested what your book club think. 11mo
Cinfhen It seems from our group chat all the ladies liked the book @TrishB so once again…I‘m in the minority/ I think because I read so much im wayyyy more critical @Cathythoughts although this won the Pulitzer🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
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TheAromaofBooks It's always funny to me because it seems like that since I read so many books, I should be a lot less picky than people who don't enjoy reading as much as I do... but I'm pretty consistently way judgier about books than friends who aren't “into“ reading and only read a few books a year 😂 11mo
Cinfhen Exactly @TheAromaofBooks I‘m definitely “judgier” 😂😂😂 11mo
TrishB I know what you mean! 11mo
britt_brooke So-so for me, too. 11mo
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Cinfhen
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Lcsmcat My book club read this a few months ago and had some good discussions. Enjoy! 11mo
Cinfhen Oh, good to know @Lcsmcat I might need to pick your brain for questions… my concentration isn‘t on point these days 🤪 11mo
squirrelbrain I just got this for 99p on Kindle…. 11mo
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Lcsmcat We used these as a jumping off point, but then our discussions tend to go off in their own directions. https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/the-night-watchman/guide 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Lcsmcat I find that happens with our group as well 😚that‘s why I love bookclub/ it‘s always unpredictable 😛 (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen Can‘t go wrong for 99p @squirrelbrain 11mo
TrishB Just been and got for 99p @squirrelbrain must have missed this one! 11mo
Cinfhen Pup hasn‘t removed his bowtie since the wedding 😁 @TrishB @Cathythoughts Glad you picked up this book, Trish!! I‘m really enjoying it 🥰 11mo
squirrelbrain I‘m not sure how I spotted it @TrishB, as I‘m not as good as you at sniffing out deals. 😁 I decided it would be a good companion book to Ceremony, which is part of my course, and also about Native Americans. 11mo
Megabooks I love that Herzl is your profile pic!! I hope you‘re able to get through this for book club! 11mo
TrishB Puppies in bow ties 🐶❤️ 11mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain all brains on board for the bargains! 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m enjoying this book @Megabooks I had started it once before on audio and I wasn‘t connecting but in print it‘s working better for me. I‘m glad bookclub was moved up from Oct 25 to November 2. Less pressure, now! 11mo
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LisaLovesToRead
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I did enjoy the audiobook being in Erdrich‘s voice. Some of her descriptions of landscapes and dreams were beautiful. Still, it was hard to follow at points and dreadfully monotonous at others. If I wasn‘t listening to this book, I would likely have bailed.

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Tamra
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Erdrich does character devo like no other. By the time you get to the end of her novels it feels like you live with them. I really enjoyed the history of this one, the attempted “emancipation” of the Chippewa Turtle Mtn tribe from the federal govt., which was a bunch of hooey of course. She also painted a vivid picture of the culture and lifestyle on the reservation in the 50‘s.

Erdrich is a fabulous narrator!

SamAnne Absolutely loved this one. 12mo
Tamra @SamAnne it was a great story! Her novels are hit & miss for me. (edited) 12mo
RebelReader I think this is one of her best books! 12mo
Tamra @RebelReader 👌🏾👍🏾 It is! She has one come out in November - set in Indie bookstore in Minneapolis! 😄 I must get at her bookstore. (edited) 12mo
RebelReader @Tamra I didn‘t know that. I‘ll be looking for it. I haven‘t been to her store in a few years. Might have to venture over and buy her new book too. 12mo
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Tamra
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Got a long listening session in on the tagged novel. I‘m very much enjoying the history and long character devo, something Erdrich is good at.

Internet was out all morning and early afternoon so I couldn‘t work. Instead I audio canned chicken broth, made corn tortillas, and baked banana chocolate chip muffins. My kinda day! 😊

EvieBee Sounds like an awesome, productive day! ❤️❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts Great work .. all sounds good ❤️ 12mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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DNF at 16% - Not interested in it at the moment

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An incredible work of historical fiction based on real experiences of the authors grandfather who fought back against the United States government to prevent them from ending recognition of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa people by "emancapitating" them from their status as Native Americans. A haunting read.

TW: mentions of human trafficking, mentions of sexual assault and sexual abuse

SamAnne Loved this one. 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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I love Erdrich‘s writing, and this exceeded even my high expectations. It‘s got history, drama, mystery, humor, all packaged in a deep love for her people. Highly recommended.

Lindy I agree. It‘s outstanding. 👍 14mo
Tamra I had this in my hands the other day. 🙃 I am awaiting my library hold to come in, which is difficult! 14mo
Lcsmcat @Tamra I hope you love it as much as I do! 14mo
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Ruthiella I loved Pixie/Patrice! Such a great character. 14mo
Lcsmcat @Ruthiella Me too, and Millie! 14mo
SamAnne One of my favorites by her. Just finished The Round House which was really good as well. 14mo
Lcsmcat @SamAnne I ❤️❤️❤️ The Round House! 14mo
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Lcsmcat
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Starting my August book club book book tonight. Amélie would rather I play with her. ?

Leftcoastzen Adorable!😻 14mo
RebelReader This is her best book yet! I loved it! 14mo
kspenmoll Of course she would! Just she try & push books away like my two?! #catsoflitsy 😻 14mo
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kspenmoll She looks like my Poe. 14mo
Lcsmcat @kspenmoll She hasn‘t tried that yet. She is quietly demanding. She‘ll stare at me until I play laser with her. Does Poe like laser pointers? 14mo
SamAnne I loved this one. One of her best in my book. 14mo
kspenmoll @Lcsmcat Poe adores laser pointers- I have a battery operated one that goes in circles - I have to stop her after awhile - my husband is afraid she will get hypnotized! 14mo
Lcsmcat @kspenmoll When Amélie was a kitten we had to make her stop or she‘d get so tired she‘d pant. Now she will stop on her own to rest, but be right back at me as soon as she‘s caught her breath. We have a rechargeable one and ended up buying a second one so there was always one ready to go. 14mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ A bit fragmented, but well-written. This was my first experience with Erdrich. This story, based on the author‘s grandfather, and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation, illustrates the lives and plight of the Paranteau family, and the community as a whole. It‘s the 1950s and governmental shit is going down. This will make you uncomfortable, as it should, but the slow pace couldn‘t fully hold my attention.

Cinfhen This is our October bookclub pick. I recommended it 😬😬Hope the ladies don‘t hate it!! 1y
Cinfhen Did you read or do audio??? 1y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I did audio. It‘s not bad by any means, I just got bored, tbh. I think it could lead to great book club discussions, so hopefully your group agrees! 🤞🏼 1y
Cinfhen I have both the audio and physical copy so I‘ll see what works better for me! Thanks for your thoughts 💚I always appreciate your insights ❣️ 1y
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Emancipation. This word would not stop hanging around in his head. Emancipated. But they were not enslaved Freed from being Indians was the idea. Emancipated from their land. Freed from the treaties that Thomas's father and grandfather had signed and that were promised to last forever. So as usual, by getting rid of us, the Indian problem would be solved.
Overnight the tribal chairman job had turned into a struggle to remain a problem.

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charl08
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It's so wet outside. I'll be here inside in the dry with my book, thanks...

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Now Thomas stood on the slab of concrete beyond the circle of the outdoor flood lamp. Looked up into the cloudless sky and cold overlay of stars. Watching the night sky, he was Thomas who had learned about the stars in boarding school. He was also Wazhashk who had learned about the stars from his grandfather, the original Wazhashk. Therefore the autumn stars of Pegasus were part of his grandfather's Mooz.

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Sara_Planz
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Obviously got moved up my TBR with the Pulitzer win.

SamAnne Oh this one is so good. 1y
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Tamra
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Synchronicity: I was curious about my bookmark from Baxter Books and Googled it. Simultaneously my husband and I were talking about the impacts of technology on music stores versus bookstores and the struggle to stay alive. Ran across on this article about both Baxter and Erdrich. Ironic given her recent Pulitzer!

https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2008/01/bound-be-broke-independent-birc...

DivineDiana Thank you for sharing. I noticed the article was written in 2008. During COVID, many Independent Book Stores changed their model to more of an online presence. I have purchased books from Indies all over the country after author talks. Hope that the new manager did that. 1y
Tamra Yes, I thought the fact the article was from 2008 made it all the more interesting! I doubt she has much of a problem making revenue now and no doubt she probably doesn‘t need it at this point. It‘s a labor of love surely. It‘s a cute store, so if you ever visit the Twin Cities, it‘s worth a trip. (edited) 1y
DivineDiana I would love to visit! One day. 🤞🏻 1y
GingerAntics I just discovered her bookstore online. I hope it survives long enough for me to visit. 1y
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Kristin_Reads
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This has been on my shelf and I can‘t wait to dive in... especially after today‘s Pulitzer announcement.

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I just couldn‘t be happier about Erdrich winning the Pulitzer Prize. She‘s always been an absolutely brilliant writer.

Ruthiella This is only the second book I‘ve read from Erdrich and I loved it. Particularly Pixie will stay with me! 1y
Suet624 @Ruthiella I often think of Blue Jay‘s Dance and Love Medicine. They may be my favorites but they are all good. If you ever are inclined, I think reading her books in order are great. Familiar characters will pop up. 1y
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Karmapen
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Louise Erdrich never disappoints me. I‘m always fascinated and horrified to learn a little more of the history of native Americans, and how the American government has tried to systematically erase them, through her stories.

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This was my first Louise Erdrich book. Based on her grandfathers life, it‘s an entertaining and highly descriptive look at Indian life on a reservation in 1953. The level of poverty and ties to their ancestors is palpable. I found some of the spiritual bits a bit tough to follow but not so confusing that I wouldn‘t recommend it.

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I loved this story from one of my favorite storytellers. The 1953 Termination bill written by a senator from Utah who wanted to help Native People to “assimilate” was a central point that I was not aware of and the characters Erdrich creates are so memorable.

SamAnne Loved this one too. 1y
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Set in the early 1950s in North Dakota on the Turtle Mountain reservation. A senator from Utah has proposed a bill to “emancipate” the Indians.
Thomas is the head of the reservation council. How is he going to keep his people together and safe.
Pixie‘s sister is missing, she went to the cities and hasn‘t been heard from. Pixie makes the trip to find her. She ends up performing in a bar and only finds her sister‘s baby.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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OrangeMooseReads
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Next audio.
Love Louis Erdrich.

SamAnne This is a good one. 2y
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Lindy
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I feel suffused by a warm emotional afterglow since finishing this layered historical novel set in the 1950s. Multiple characters and interlocking storylines give a sense of community and the many intractable problems faced by people of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reserve. The most pressing issue is that they face termination in the eyes of the US government. My heart opened and welcomed in a whole bunch of wonderful characters. #Indigenous

Cathythoughts Lovely review ❤️ 2y
Lindy @Cathythoughts 😘🤗 2y
Centique Oh this is definitely going on the TBR! Thank you for the lovely review. 2y
Lindy @Centique It is a little bit like 2y
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The cold sap was a spring tonic. When you drank it, you shared the genius of the woods.

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Lindy
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The scent of the willow was sharp and secret.

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Sometimes now, a word failed to come to him when he was speaking, and in those times he substituted a descriptive phrase for the word, comically, and got a laugh. Just the other day he‘d forgotten the word for car trunk, and said, “automobile cave with a hinge,” which was taken for wit.

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Lindy
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Every so often the government remembered about Indians. And when they did, they always tried to ‘solve‘ Indians, thought Thomas. They solve us by getting rid of us.

BiblioLitten 🙁 I was reading something similar last week and this resonates. 2y
Lindy @BiblioLitten Yes, this novel is set in the 1950s, when the US government attempted to end the terms agreed upon in treaties by eliminating tribal existence. This practice continues, in various forms, in both Canada and the USA. 2y
BiblioLitten Yes, I was reading about the residential schools started in the 1800s in Canada. The last one closed down in 1996. 2y
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Lindy @BiblioLitten And as the residential schools were being phased out, child welfare service policies took over as a way to eliminate Indigenous identity, starting with the 60s scoop. An estimated 20,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and adopted or fostered in white families between 1960-1990. It continues today. This issue is touched upon in 2y
BiblioLitten Thanks for the recommendation. I‘d love to read it. 2y
Lindy @BiblioLitten 👍Another novel that addresses the issue of stolen Indigenous children is 2y
BiblioLitten Richard Wagamese has been recommended to me so often. 💕 2y
Lindy @BiblioLitten Keeper & Me is his debut and remains my favourite. 😊 2y
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Lindy
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“Did Pokey bring the deer down with that old gun?”
It looked like his grandfather‘s Sitting Bull-era rifle.
“Pokey?” Zhaanat smiled, pointed with her lips at Patrice. “It was her got that buck this summer. Fat. I dried that meat.”
[Coincidentally, prowess with a rifle is a plot element in a concurrent read set in 21st century Croatia: The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna.]
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Patrice smiled, looking at the houses, streets, people, whisking along behind her as the train rolled along at a magnificent gait. Nobody had ever, ever described to her how freeing it felt to be riding on a train.

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Redwritinghood
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Solid writing and an important piece of history, but I felt this book suffered from too many characters and divergent plot lines. It made for a very uneven narrative. I also often felt that the author included certain characters and events solely to make a cultural or historical point and not in furtherance of the story. Very distracting and takes away from enjoyment of the main story, whose characters and plot I liked. 2.5⭐️

Lindy I‘m more curious now! I‘m sorry this didn‘t work for you, yet I‘m not discouraged by your review. I plan to start reading this in a few days. 2y
Redwritinghood @Lindy I read this with a group and a lot of the others loved it. I hope it works better for you than it did for me. 2y
Ruthiella @Redwritinghood @Lindy Exactly why well expressed “negative” reviews are worthwhile! Sometimes the sell the book to another reader! 😀 2y
Lindy @Ruthiella @Redwritinghood Ha! Yes, bring on a huge cast of characters and multiple plot lines. The more the merrier, as far as I am concerned. 2y
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Cathyloves2read
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This book started out slow, but it definitely got better.I learned a lot about the American Indians and the issues that they had to face. Between the attempt to terminate the treaties and the poverty they faced, it couldn‘t have been easy. This books does a good job of addressing these issues.It also contains some other interesting story lines.I read this book as part of a book club I belong to.I‘m glad that they introduced me to this story.