Louise Erdrich’s Shadow Tag is now available in trade paperback—and I hope you’ll consider adopting it for one of your classes.
Named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year for 2010, Shadow Tag explores the complex nature of love and the fluid boundaries of identity through the marriage of Irene and Gil. When Irene discovers that Gil has been reading her “Red Diary,” she begins to write the truth of her life and marriage in her carefully hidden “Blue Notebook.” The “Red Diary,” still tucked away where her husband can find it, becomes a carefully calculated farce. Ms. Erdrich deftly alternates between Irene’s twin journals and an objective third-person narrative—giving students an unflinching portrait of a marriage.
Praise for Shadow Tag:
“Clear, urgent, deep as a swift river. . . . Shadow Tag accomplishes the literary miracle of making a reader ravenous to finish it, while stinging with regret at how soon it must end. . . . A reader feels caught up, breathless, bewitched by the danse macabre. . . . My heart was beating hard as, against my own resolve, I pushed past my daily ration toward the book’s necessary, fitting, yet startling conclusion.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A fast-paced novel of exceptional artistic, intellectual, and psychological merit. . . . While the writing is fiercely disciplined, with a poet’s polish, every line is unpredictable. . . . Nowhere have love’s complications been better illustrated than in the raw honesty of Shadow Tag.”—Boston Sunday Globe
“A masterpiece . . . a captivating work of fiction . . . exquisite . . . tightly focused . . . arresting . . . a taut tale. . . . Shadow Tag is a devastating portrayal of the circular insanity of romantic obsession. . . . This profoundly tragic novel captures that lament in some of Erdrich’s most beautiful and urgent writing.”—Washington Post
Love Medicine is the stunning first novel in Louise Erdrich’s compelling Native American series. Written in her uniquely poetic, powerful style, it tells the story of two families—the Kashpaws and the Lamartines—that is a multigenerational portrait of strong men and women caught in an unforgettable drama of anger, desire, and healing.
Praise for Love Medicine:
Praise for Love Medicine:
“A wondrous prose song.”—New York Times Book Review
“A remarkable first novel that stares more boldly at many of the truths of Native American life in this country than any fiction I’ve read. . . . It is a deeply, if ironically, spirited novel.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“The beauty of Love Medicine saves us from being completely devastated by its power.”—Toni Morrison
“A powerful piece of work. . . . Louise Erdrich is the rarest kind of writer, as compassionate as she is sharp-sighted.”—Anne Tyler
Set in North Dakota at a time in the 20th 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.
Praise for Tracks:
“Tracks is a rare book. It is both a wonderful story that borders upon myth and a stylistic masterpiece . . . a beautiful work for a gifted writer working in her prime.”—Baltimore Sun
“Fleur Pillager [is] one of the most haunting presences in contemporary American literature. . . . Tracks may be the story of our time.”—Los Angeles Times