Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Plague of Doves / Louise Erdrich, 313 pp.

My first Erdrich read and definitely not my last.  In a small town in the Dakotas in the early 20th century, an (almost) entire family is brutally murdered in their cabin.  A group of native American men are quickly fingered and hanged for the crime.  It soon emerges that they couldn't have been the killers, but the crime is never fully solved, and continues to reverberate through the lives of the townspeople and the residents of the surrounding reservation.  Erdrich lets the crime roll forward through history by telling us the story of a few fascinating characters: the young Evelina Harp and her grandfather Mooshum, the nun Mary Louise Buckendorf, and the Judge, among many others.  Not just a great novel; this is art of a readable and satisfying variety.

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