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Antelope Woman

By Louise Erdrich
Antelope Woman by Louise Erdrich digital book - Fable

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This updated edition of National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich’s 1998 novel now features fascinating new content, a new title, and a new foreword by the author—a riveting story that explores tensions between Native American and white cultures.

“Audacious and surprising. . . . One of America’s most distinctive fictional voices.”—Boston Globe

When Klaus Shawano abducts Sweetheart Calico, the seductive Indian woman who has stolen his heart, and takes her far from her native Montana plains to his own Minneapolis home, he cannot begin to imagine the eventual ramifications his brazen act will entail. Shawano’s mysterious Antelope Woman has utterly mesmerized him—and soon proves to be a bewitching agent of chaos whose effect on others is disturbing and irresistible, as she alters the shape of things around her and the shape of things to come.

The Roy and Shawano families have been inextricably intertwined for generations and, unbeknownst to them, the mysterious Antelope Woman is a part of their fierce and haunting history. Antelope Woman ingeniously illuminates how that history affects the contemporary descendants of these families who are the products of two cultures, Ojibwe and white, which sit in uneasy relationship to one another.

In this remarkable novel, Erdrich weaves an unforgettable tapestry of ancestry, fate, harrowing tragedy, and redemption that is at once modern and eternal.

 

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3.5
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Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingUnpredictableImmersive settingThought-provoking
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“This book was magic realism to 11. Half the time, I had no idea what was going on and quite honestly, it was too weird. I think if things were explained better, than maybe I would have enjoyed the weirdness. But it wasn't explained. In fact, once things were happening, we get moved into another weird part of the story, like a tangent and then some weird stuff happens. When the story followed an actual story for a time period, I was in the story and wanting to know more. But it didn't always last. I couldn't invest in the characters, but I tried. I didn't really like any of them, especially Klaus and Richard. And I'm still trying to understand why Klaus kidnapped Calico Sweetheart in the first place. I will say the author writes beautifully; I just wished there was a smoother transition between the stories. Although I loved the dog's point of view on survival, I just didn't get it nor did I understand his death and return to life and whatever that was. At least it had a clear ending.”

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