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The Sentence

Louise Erdrich



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09 November 2021
In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage and of a woman's relentless errors.

Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading 'with murderous attention,' must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation and furious reckoning.

The Sentence begins on All Souls' Day 2019 and ends on All Souls' Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.
 the sentence by Louise Erdrich

Imprint:   Corsair
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   522g
ISBN:   9781472157003
ISBN 10:   1472157001
Pages:   400
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band and of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. Love Medicine and LaRose received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. Her most recent book, The Night Watchman, won the Pulitzer Prize. A ghost lives in her creaky old house.

Reviews for The Sentence

Louise Erdrich is the rarest kind of writer, as compassionate as she is sharp-sighted -- Anne Tyler A novel that reckons with ghosts - of both specific people but also the shadows resulting from America's violent, dark habits * Kirkus (starred review) * Scintillating . . . More than a gripping ghost story, The Sentence offers profound insights into the effects of the global pandemic and the collateral damage of systemic racism. It adds up to one of Erdrich's most . . . illuminating works to date * Publishers Weekly (Starred review) * Erdrich is one of the greatest living American writers * Guardian * The poet laureate of the contemporary Native American experience * Mail on Sunday * No one can break your heart and fill it with light all in the same book - sometimes in the same paragraph - quite like Louise Erdrich * Tampa Bay Times * 'Strange, enchanting and funny: a work about motherhood, doom, regret and the magic - dark, benevolent and every shade in between - of words on paper' * The New York Times * 'The story is, perhaps above all, about the peace available to us in books like this' * The New Yorker * '[Tookie's] journey, captured in Erdrich's expert prose, is a cathartic and comforting story that book lovers will gobble up' * Real Simple * 'Erdrich writes with conviction' * TLS * 'A funny and involving story of ghosts and bookshops' * Guardian * 'Promises to be both funny and profound' * Daily Mail * 'As the owner of a store herself, Erdrich knows whereof she writes, and her off-beat ghost story is in part a love letter to books and the shops that sell them. It also captures with compelling fidelity a year of personal and national dread and anguish - yet still pulls off a happy ending' * Daily Mail * 'Erdrich's exploration of racial appropriation, and her treatment of such forgery as the stuff of horror, is fascinating. Tookie feels the ghost of Flora breathing in her ear - let me in - and at one point, trying to claw her way inside Tookie's body' * Independent *

  • Short-listed for Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 (UK)

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