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The Plague of Doves (Paperback)

Author:  Louise Erdrich
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060515139
ISBN-13: 9780060515133
Sku: 209923400
Publish Date: 5/1/2009
Pages:  313
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Unaware of a violent event that marked the beginning of her mixed ancestry, ambitious young Evelina Harp, a part-Ojibwe, part-white girl prone to falling hopelessly in love, learns disturbing truths from her gifted storyteller grandfather, while a sentimental judge weighs the legacy of a century-old crime as reflected by his own love life. 100,000 first printing. Reprint. *Author: Erdrich, Louise *Publication Date: 2009/05/01 *Number of Pages: 313 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75
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The unsolved murder of a farm family still haunts the white small town of Pluto, North Dakota, generations after the vengeance exacted and the distortions of fact transformed the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation.

Part Ojibwe, part white, Evelina Harp is an ambitious young girl prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. And Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, who bears witness, understands the weight of historical injustice better than anyone. Through the distinct and winning voices of three unforgettable narrators, the collective stories of two interwoven communities ultimately come together to reveal a final wrenching truth.

After the massacre of a North Dakota farm family in 1911, a lynch mob forms and strings up three innocent Indians. Both acts of brutality leave a survivor: an infant girl at the farm, and an Indian man who miraculously survives his hanging. The descendants of this violence find their lives intricately intertwined in the 1960s and 1970s as the novel's main narrator, Evalina, the granddaughter of the lynched Indian, finds herself falling for Corwin Pearce, whose ancestors participated in the lynching. History, violence, love, and identity roll to a boil, then explode in Louise Erdrich's wonderfully deep and dark multi-generational epic. Selected as one of the 2008 Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
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Louise Erdrich
Erdrich's mother was Chippewa, her father German, and she was raised in North Dakota near the Chippewa reservation where her grandparents lived--a setting for much of her work. She attended Dartmouth, where she met the writer Michael Dorris, whom she married in 1981, and from whom she separated shortly before his suicide in 1997. Erdrich and Dorris collaborated on several of their fiction works. In her novels and short stories, Erdrich writes about her Native-American heritage, often transplanting characters from one book to another. Her dominant theme is the struggle to retain traditional Native-American values in the face of poverty, racism, and the pervasiveness of white culture.


"A multigenerational tour de force of sin, redemption, murder and vengeance." (starred review) 01/14/2008

"THE PLAGUE OF DOVES confirms [Erdrich's] reputation as a writer able to combine the apocalyptic with the mundane....[A] bizarre and beautiful story." 05/18/2008

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