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The Plague of Doves (P.S.)


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Louise Erdrich is the author of seventeen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.


This 13th novel by National Book Critics Circle Award winner Erdrich is set in the fictional town of Pluto, ND, and takes place following the 1911 massacre of five members of a white family. The reading is exceptional: actress Kathleen McInerney gives each of the female characters a distinctive, identifiable voice, while actor Peter Francis James takes the character of Judge Coutts from boyhood through old age with an amazing change in tone and richness. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. [With tracks every three minutes for bookmarking; the Harper hc, released in May, received a starred review, LJ 2/15/08.--Ed.]--Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Erdrich's 13th novel, a multigenerational tour de force of sin, redemption, murder and vengeance, finds its roots in the 1911 slaughter of a farming family near Pluto, N.Dak. The family's infant daughter is spared, and a posse forms, incorrectly blames three Indians and lynches them. One, Mooshum Milk, miraculously survives. Over the next century, descendants of both the hanged men and the lynch mob develop relationships that become deeply entangled, and their disparate stories are held together via principal narrator Evelina, Mooshum Milk's granddaughter, who comes of age on an Indian reservation near Pluto in the 1960s and '70s and forms two fateful adolescent crushes: one on bad-boy schoolmate Corwin Peace and one on a nun. Though Evelina doesn't know it, both are descendants of lynch mob members. The plot splinters as Evelina enrolls in college and finds work at a mental asylum; Corwin spirals into a life of crime; and a long-lost violin (its backstory is another beautiful piece of the mosaic) takes on massive significance. Erdrich plays individual narratives off one another, dropping apparently insignificant clues that build to head-slapping revelations as fates intertwine and the person responsible for the 1911 killing is identified. (May) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"An intricate tale of heartbreak and humor . . . wondrous novel. . . . What marks these stories . . . .is what has always set Erdrich apart and made her work seem miraculous: the jostling of pathos and comedy. . . .Sit down and listen carefully."--Washington Post Book World
"Erdrich's latest novel...is so natural you forget there's a writer behind it...Instantly gripping..."--Marie Claire
"A multigenerational tour de force of sin, redemption, murder and vengeance"--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Mesmerizing... Erdrich ...communicate[s] the complexity and the mystery of human relationships."--Booklist (starred review)
"A lush, multilayered book...The magic lies in the details of Erdrich's ever-replenishing mythology."--Kirkus Reviews
"One can only marvel...at Erdrich's amazing ability to do what so few of us can - shape words into phrases and sentences of incomparable beauty that, then, pour forth a mesmerizing story."--USA Today
"The stories told by [Erdrich's] characters offer pleasures of language, of humor, of sheer narrative momentum, that shine even in the darkest moments of the book."--Boston Globe
"To read Louise Erdrich's thunderous new novel is to leap headlong into the fiery imagination of a master storyteller...a rich, colorful mosaic of tales that twist and turn for decades..."--Miami Herald
"[Erdrich's] accomplishment in these pages is Tolstoy-like: to render human particularity so meticulously and with such fierce passion as to convey the great, glittering movement of time."--San Francisco Chronicle

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