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Tales of Burning Love

By Louise Erdrich
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“Romantic love, religious ecstasy, the strange mixture of devotion and misunderstanding that runs through families—all are steeped together. The result is a rich and fragrant infusion. . . . [Written] with great poignancy and charm.” — New York Times Book Review

A darkly humorous novel of wild romance and heartbreak set against a raging North Dakota blizzard as five Native American women bond over their shared connection to one man, from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich

Five very different women have married Jack Mauser, a charming, infuriating schemer whose passions never survive the long haul. Now, stranded in a North Dakota blizzard, they have come face-to-face—and each has an astonishing story to tell. Huddling for warmth, they pass the endless night by remembering the stories of how each came to love, marry, and ultimately move beyond Jack. At times painful, at times heartbreaking, and oftentimes comic, their tales become the adhesive that holds them together—in their love for Jack and in their lives as women.

With her characteristic powers of observation and luminescent prose, Louise Erdrich brings these women's unforgettable tales to life in a tour de force from one of the most formidable American writers at work today.

This edition of Tales of Burning Love includes a P.S. section with additional insights from the author, background material, suggestions for further reading, and more.

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12 Reviews

3.5
“Beautiful prose, complex and interesting characters, but not enough plot for my liking”
“4.5 stars. A new top favourite of Erdrich's works. Resolution for so many characters that we've met along the way. Cannot wait to branch out from the Love Medicine series and meet new folks, but I'll miss those little glimpses, mentions of Lyman, Leopolda, Fleur, Dot. The Love Medicine series is seven titles of interwoven town saga, intergenerational family narrative, pure magic on the page. It handles indigenous spirituality, love (familial, platonic, romantic) and desire, the importance of connection to the land and the wisdom of elder generations, trauma of colonization and white settlement, revenge and restoration. It's a series for all times. I simply adored it. This volume, Tales of Burning Love, is the final novel in the series. It was phenomenal, one of my favourites in the series and a new favourite novel of all time (not that I recommend reading this out of sequence). It rivals Tracks for nuance of writing and plotting and The Bingo Palace for loveable, memorable characters. I gave it 4.5 stars purely because it took a little while to get going and I was antsy for more of the wives stuff, the same rating I gave the forementioned. As a series, this is 5+++ stars. One of my newest favourite authors, newest favourite series, and one I will continue to recommend til I'm as old as Nanapush. Not just for the series itself but for the friendships I've built around reading these books with friends. Immeasurable joys and learning from these books.”

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