The Night Watchman
‘Erdrich is one of the greatest living American writers’ – the Guardian
‘Erdrich orchestrates a rich community tale’ – BBC.co.uk, ‘Books to Read in 2020’
‘Erdrich has chosen a story that is near to her heart, and it shines through on every page’ – Daily Mail
It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an ’emancipation’ bill; but it isn’t about freedom – it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity. How can he fight this betrayal?
Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Pixie – ‘Patrice’ – Paranteau has no desire to wear herself down on a husband and kids. She works at the factory, earning barely enough to support her mother and brother, let alone her alcoholic father who sometimes returns home to bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to get if she’s ever going to get to Minnesota to find her missing sister Vera.
In The Night Watchman multi-award winning author Louise Erdrich weaves together a story of past and future generations, of preservation and progress. She grapples with the worst and best impulses of human nature, illuminating the loves and lives, desires and ambitions of her characters with compassion, wit and intelligence.
Erdrich's inspired portrait of her own tribe's resilient heritage masterfully encompasses an array of characters and historical events. Erdrich remains an essential voice. * Publishers Weekly * A work of distinct luminosity . . . Erdrich traces the indelible traumas of racism and sexual violence and celebrates the vitality and depth of Chippewa life . . . Bestselling and much-honored Erdrich is at her radiant best in this dramatic tale * Booklist starred review * A knowing, loving evocation of people trying to survive with their personalities and traditions intact. * Kirkus Starred Review * A moving account of people trying to cling on to their identity in a hostile world. * The Times * Erdrich's restless eye captures movements and years of the North Dakota reservation's hardscrabble life and rich traditions . . . A beguiling storyteller * Mail on Sunday, 'Best New Fiction' * [The Night Watchman is] Erdrichs stunning new novel . . . Thomas Washushk, the character who lovingly hops off the page, is based on Erdrichs own grandfather . . . Erdrich weaves the stories of other beautifully crafted characters against the backdrop of an impoverished reservation . . . The connection between Erdrichs characters and the natural world is unbreakable, and some of her most evocative passages are dedicated to this relationship . . . Erdrich has chosen a story that is near to her heart, and it shines through on every page. * Daily Mail * Erdrich orchestrates a rich community tale * BBC.co.uk, 'Books to Read in 2020' * Erdrich is one of the greatest living American writers * the Guardian *
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