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Tracks Paperback – August 29, 2017
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This "beautifully fashioned, powerful novel," set in North Dakota in the early 1900s, limns Fleur Pillager, a Native American woman who is rumored to be a witch, and whose life mirrors that of crumbling Indian culture and community. "This is a stunning story about people caught in the grip of passion and in the inexorable flow of history," lauded PW. $100,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In her splendid new work, Erdrich retrieves characters from her first novel, Love Medicine , to depict the escalating conflict between two Chippewa families, a conflict begun when hapless Eli Kashpawwho has passionately pursued the fiery, elemental Fleur Pillageris made to betray her with young Sophie Morrissey through the magic of the vengeful Pauline. That simple summary belies the richness and complexity of the tale, told in turn to Fleur's estranged daughter by her "grandfather," the wily Nanapush, and by Pauline, a woman of mixed blood and mixed beliefs soon to become the obsessive Sister Leopolda. As the community is eroded from withoutby white man's venalityand from within, even Fleur must realize that "power goes under and gutters out." Not so for Erdrich, whose prose is as sharp, glittering, and to the point as cut glass. Highly recommended. Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I love Nanapush, one of the narrating characters, and despise Pauline, the other narrator. Nanapush's chapters gave us great insight into his wisdom and humour, and he gave us a wonderful portrait of Fleur Pillager from the perspective of her friends and family. Pauline, on the other hand, gives us great insight into her delusions and warped sense of morality while giving us the perspective of Fleur as a rival and adversary, even if this adversarial relationship is onsided. As one of my friends put it, "Pauline is nucking futs."
I love Fleur's characterization in Tracks, and she's become one of my all time favourite fictional characters. I love the details that Erdrich puts into the setting, the place and the culture this novel resides in. I am Anishinaabe as well and the culture as presented here is both familiar and foreign, as Tracks takes place in a different time, among a people whose assimilation was not yet as advanced.
Overall, I'd give this book a 4.5 if I could, but I can't, and so a 5 is closer to how I feel than a 4 is.
and delightful characters. Love it so much I keep rereading it!
Erdrich continues to focus this story mainly on the Kashpaw and Nanapush families of Ojibwa people. Her beautiful writing drops you right in the middle of the ancient tales of tribal elders, sometimes making you wonder if this is really a work of fiction or a compilation of the oral history handed down through the tribes.