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Harper Perennial
Pub Date: 2004
ISBN: 9780060972455
Louise Erdrich
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by Louise Erdrich

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Set in North Dakota at a time in this century when Indian tribes were struggling to keep what little remained of their lands, Tracks is a tale of passion and deep unrest. Over the course of ten crucial years, as tribal land and trust between people erode ceaselessly, men and women are pushed to the brink of their endurance--yet their pride and humor prohibit surrender. The reader will experience shock and pleasure in encountering a group of characters that are compelling and rich in their vigor, clarity, and indomitable vitality.

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George Vasiliou commented on 05-Apr-2011 08:04 AM
Just finished reading Tracks and really enjoyed it. I know your book is a more serious book than Kent Krueger's mysteries, but I think your Nanapush is very similar to his Henry Meloux. Maybe you have not read his stuff, but both characters are old men
- wise men who keep the old religions and practices and who thus gain great insights into solving modern problems. Additionally, I am interested in the prominent place the Catholic Church plays in your books. You seems to regard the Catholic Church as a well
meaning, selfless, but somewhat misguided influence on Native American people. Am I correct in this? My parish is St. Peters in Mendota and when I worship in the historic church (1853) I feel a kinship with the Indians who worshipped other gods on that land
for centuries previous to 1853.
Atalie McGill commented on 06-Dec-2011 06:53 PM
I am about to give a presentation on this book in my Multicultural Literature class. I stumbled upon this website while searching for information on the bookstore. What luck! This is an amazing organization which I throughly admire and respect. I loved
the novel and am looking forward to reading more of Louise Erdrich's work in the near future.
Anonymous commented on 05-Aug-2014 11:44 AM
I discovered and fell in love with Louise's writing all the way back when I read Tracks in German, at home in Germany. And read it a second time immediately. Grew up with the spell-binding novels of Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich (Lakota-Tashina)who researched and truly described the life of the Sioux/ Lakotas during the big changes Louise touches, too.
I have, by now, bought most of her books (realising, from your website, that there are a few more!!). Just re-read for the about 4th time The Last Report... What wonderful, heart-wrenching story telling. And have just bought The Round House and went through in almost one sitting. Couldn't stop. Wanted to see justice. And absolutely thrilled to see all the other so familiar seeming names mentioned in it - never read anything like it: with every book, the picture gets more complete. Never read anything like it in terms of language either: the images, the humour, the no-frills approach, the clarity, the love for her characters.
Big fan!!
Anonymous commented on 05-Aug-2015 02:10 PM
Is there an order in which the books Tracks, The Beet Queen, and Love Medicine should be read. My addition of Tracks says there are four books in this series (not sure if series is the right word but please bear with me. What then is the fourth? It is not mentioned in Tracks. I have read The Last Report of the Miracles at Little No Horse but it doesn't seem like it's the one I'm missing.
Waasookwe commented on 25-May-2017 10:14 AM
This book is amazing in its storytelling of the era. It brought me to tears with the description of the starvation of the people...the loss of land & the lake & the incredibly underhanded way it was done. All this under-handedness should be reversible in the courts today. Lake Metigoshe comes to mind and all that That implies. So much loss: loss of home, loss of knowledge on how we lived & survived before those nasty diabetes-inducing commods, loss of families and culture. Still unforgivable!! The unmasking of Sister Leopolda was a stunner. The sisters 'back in the day' were just as cruel tryna scrub the brown off us to the point of our skin being left raw. The young ones just don't know. But hey, not all doom and gloom, much needed humor sprinkled throughout was welcome, just like we Natives do.
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