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The Plague of Doves
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Harper Perennial
Pub Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780060515133
Louise Erdrich
The Plague of Doves
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The Plague of Doves

by Louise Erdrich

2009 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
2009 Minnesota Book Awards Winner for Novel and Short Story.
Named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Christian Science Monitor

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Louise Erdrich's mesmerizing novel 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.

Comments, Opinions, Reviews
Jess Michaelangelo commented on 20-Jun-2010 08:07 AM
My first read by the lovely Ms. Erdrich, and the one that ensured I'd be a life-long reader! I'm looking forward to reading through the rest of her works and to supporting this excellent book store!
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