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December Meeting - The Plague of Doves by Loiuse Erdrich

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  • The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

    Amazon Link:  The Plague of Doves

    Synopsis:

    Louise Erdrich's mesmerizing new novel, her first in almost three years, centers on a compelling mystery.  The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota.  The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation.  The descendants of Ojibwe and white intermarry, their lives intertwine; only the youngest generation, of mixed blood, remains unaware of the role the past continues to play in their lives.

    Evelina Harp is a witty, ambitious young girl, part Ojibwe, part white, who is prone to falling hopelessly in love.  Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a seductive storyteller, a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past.  Nobody understands the weight of historical injustice better than Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, a thoughtful mixed blood who witnesses the lives of those who appear before him, and whose own love life reflects the entire history of the territory.  In distinct and winning voices, Erdrich's narrators unravel the stories of different generations and families in this corner of North Dakota.  Bound by love, torn by history, the two communities' collective stories finally come together in a wrenching truth revealed in the novel's final pages.

    The Plague of Doves is one of the major achievements of Louise Erdrich's considerable oeuvre, a quintessentially American story and the most complex and original of her books.

    About the Author:

    Louise Erdrich is the author of thirteen novels, several volumes of poetry, short stories, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood.  Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Plague of Doves was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.  She lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore.

    Louise Erdrich on Poetry Foundation:

    https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/louise-erdrich

    Louise Erdrich’s Blog:

    http://birchbarkbooks.com/blog

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  • Marc

    Hello folks. Sorry to have to pull out, but I just found out that my son's choir concert this this night. Please enjoy your time together, happy holidays, and see you in January!
    Thanks,
    ML

    5 days ago

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    Hi, I'm Mike. I enjoy reading and discussing good books with others.

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