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How--and why--could such a deception last so long? That's the first mystery. The second begins when Father Jude Miller (a name familiar to readers of The Beet Queen) arrives to investigate the life of Sister Leopolda (or Pauline Puyat, another familiar name). Was Leopolda a saint? Or its opposite, whatever that is? Miracles, after all, are a part of the reservation's everyday life; for every nun's stigmata there's a secular wonder like the death of Nanapush. Indeed, the chapter detailing this old trickster's demise is the kind of earthy, tragicomic fable Erdrich does to perfection, including as it does an extended trial by moose, death by flatulence, and not one but two lustful resurrections.
Erdrich's writing is at its best when she chronicles the bittersweet humor of reservation life. It's at its worst, sadly, when she cranks up the fog machine and goes for the violins. ("He had the odd sensation that petals drifted in the air between them, petals of a fragrant and papery citrus velvet," she tells us, telegraphing Father Jude's attraction to a woman.) But at least the book's sins are sins of ambition--this is a novelist who revisits the same territory because the capaciousness of her vision demands it. Readers may forgive Erdrich's vagueness about Father Damien's religious calling, but they will never forget her images, as lovely and surprising as figures glimpsed in a dream: the devil in the shape of a black dog, his paw in a bowl of soup; freshly planted pansies, nodding at the priests' feet "like the faces of spoiled babies"; a woman in a billowing white nightdress riding a grand piano through the "gray soup" of a flood. Moments like these are small miracles of their own. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story was outlandish--too much so for me.
The story started out very slowly but, halfway through this novel, each page became a gem and when the story had ended it was a wonderful tale.
The characters are well developed, the story is interesting, and the style of her writing is sometimes breathtaking.
Wow, she is good. This the second of her books I've read and she knocked my socks off with both of them.Published 26 days ago by montanawhitey
Though I always enjoy Erdrich's descriptive writing and the depiction of unique characters, the moral questions raised by the plot should provoke discussion especially with respect... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret R. Lamon
I never cared for the BEET queen but Tracks and this one are so lyrically beautiful , there is nothing quite like themPublished 3 months ago by Birgit Mitchell
I bought this as a gift, since I had read it previously and really liked this book. The writer kept me interested throughout the intriguing story.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The premise of this story is startling -- a woman who takes on the role of a priest serving the Indian village of Little No Horse. Her life is followed as both priest and woman. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Bowse
I'm not going to read other reviews here or try to answer or add to them or try to capture anything about this book because I Am Not Worthy because Louise Erdrich is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Djinn Tea
I loved this book! I am always interested in reading stories about the lives of indigenous peoples and this book brings their story to life with stark realism and a delicate poetic... Read morePublished 4 months ago by P. Scott
Will probably give it 5 stars after I receive it and read it.
Erdrich is a writer for me like Robertson Davies, Tony Hillerman, Kurt Vonnegut, Louise Penny whose work I can't... Read more