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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Erdrich Narrator: Louise Erdrich Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9780060824471
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“A fiercely imagined tale of love and loss, a story that manages to transform tragedy into comic redemption, sorrow into heroic survival.”
New York Times

“[A] beguiling family saga….A captivating jigsaw puzzle of longing and loss whose pieces form an unforgettable image of contemporary Native American life.”
People

A New York Times bestselling author, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, Louise Erdrich is an acclaimed chronicler of life and love, mystery and magic within the Native American community. A hauntingly beautiful story of a mysterious woman who enters the lives of two families and changes them forever, Erdrich’s classic novel, The Antelope Wife, has enthralled readers for more than a decade with its powerful themes of fate and ancestry, tragedy and salvation. Now the acclaimed author of Shadow Tag and The Plague of Doves has radically revised this already masterful work, adding a new richness to the characters and story while bringing its major themes into sharper focus, as it ingeniously illuminates the effect of history on families and cultures, Ojibwe and white.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fiercely imagined tale of love and loss, a story that manages to transform tragedy into comic redemption, sorrow into heroic survival.”

    New York Times

  • “[A] beguiling family saga….A captivating jigsaw puzzle of longing and loss whose pieces form an unforgettable image of contemporary Native American life.”

    People

  • “Richly cadenced, deeply textured, Erdrich’s writing has the luster and sheen of poetry.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “'[An] extraordinary new offering of history, lore, obsession, loss, and love. Beautifully, extravagantly, in narrative fragments that mix metaphor and story, Erdrich creates a seemingly haphazard, totally absorbing series of oblique snapshots of these characters.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A sensuous novel…[and] a beautifully articulated tale of intertwined relationships among succeeding generations.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stunningly imagined…This is realism at its most magical, in a novel as satisfying as any Erdrich has written.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1999 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Naimi | 2/13/2014

    " I have loved the other Louise Erdrich books that I read, even though she recycles many of her characters and names. This is the first of the Indian series that I picked up and I hated it. I couldn't even finish this book. I made it halfway through and was so confused by the timeline and characters that it wasn't worth it to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/9/2014

    " Follows several Native Americans interwoven with traditional Native American tales. I'm sure I missed all allegorical notes within the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louis | 2/8/2014

    " A very interesting read. The narratives were largely beautiful; whimsical at times. The cast is vast, so attention is needed so as not to miss the details. There was even a chapter written by a dog, which was rather entertaining. History, love, family relations are beautifully woven in this remarkable story. It's about connection between generations, between family members, and between human and the world they live in. And between human and the animals around them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/7/2014

    " Pretty much anything by Louise Erdrich is good. Really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 2/1/2014

    " Loved the poetry in this book of fiction! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 1/27/2014

    " It always takes me a bit to get into Erdrich's books, but once I do, they always leave me feeling better, richer, stronger. Her writing lulls me into seeing the beauty in people around me. her stories are somewhat fairy-tale like, & are so full of history, and intertwining familial webs, and at points read much more like poetry. This book started out particularly slow, and the character lines somewhat hard to follow, but it all wrapped up beautifully and touching, like any good Erdrich novel does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 1/11/2014

    " A mystical tapestry skillfully woven which explores generational continuity while walking the razor's edge between the rational and symbolic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/3/2014

    " I have read all of her books but this one is truly a goodie. The play on beading and the fantasy of a human antelope living in Minneapolis makes me look at others curiously... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/3/2014

    " Moving, with vivid images I still recall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja Reid | 1/2/2014

    " I generally enjoy how Erdrich combines current day stories with mythology, weaving them together so that the old tales feel relevant, precursors to explain what is going on today. This wasn't her strongest novel, but her novels are almost always enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanna | 12/22/2013

    " I was surprised to see a book by Louise Erdrich with so many mythic/fantasy elements. I think that it works better than her other fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 12/11/2013

    " My favorite Erdrich novel (and I've read them all). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 12/8/2013

    " I really like this style of writing. It blends the Native American fokelore with current life. It is set in the Twin Cities, which is always fun. A good read if you like drama, and a empowering book about women and their roles in culture. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mel | 11/24/2013

    " I could not finish this book and stopped reading it at the half-way point. Louise Erdrich is my absolute favorite author, so I tried my hardest to get through this, but I admit I didn't understand it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/22/2013

    " I had to put this one down from time to time--so sad and intense. But some lighter moments along the way kept me coming back. The characters weren't as engaging as some in Erdrich's other books--they seemed more mysterious, more aloof. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melynda | 11/19/2013

    " It was a slow start for me on this one. A little hard at first to know the characters. Who was who. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ann | 6/2/2013

    " lot of work to untangle the relationships and indian lore "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah Delack | 4/19/2013

    " Currently reading, and finding a lovely author. First book of hers that I read was The Plaque of Doves, and I really liked it. Will read more of her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel Watson | 4/13/2013

    " Overall, pretty good, but a little hard to get into at first. Beautifully written, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 ashwini | 1/4/2013

    " This is the first Louise Erdrich book that I did not like! The book was just very poorly constructed. I guess every great writer has her misstep. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia | 12/18/2012

    " I experienced this as a book on tape. It was very well narrated (don't remember by who) and the lyrical, mythical, real and unreal way the story unfolded was really captivating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 5/29/2012

    " I really wanted to like this book, but I spent most of my time confused. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/20/2012

    " I tried to stick with this, but found it stilted and portentious for no good reason. Maybe there's meaning there that I'm missing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/9/2012

    " I am a Louise Erdrich fan and have enjoyed all of the books I have read except this one was very confusing for me. I wouldn't recommend that anyone read this as their first book by her, maybe Love Medicine or the Singing Butchers Club (not sure of the exact title but it is good!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Alicia | 11/13/2011

    " Had to make a family tree to keep up with the characters. Ah, my lamentable short-term memory, and I'm not even 30 yet... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrystal | 10/20/2011

    " Best book of love I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 10/8/2011

    " A warm, unpretentious novel chronicling the lives of several generations of Ojibwa families. Funny and terribly sad at the same time, Erdrich pulls along her readers like beads on a string. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa McClintock | 9/2/2011

    " My second favorite of Erdrich "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Pribus | 6/25/2011

    " Erdrich can be very mystical, but this one was definitely a reach for me. Still, she uses language gracefully and beautifully and paints such wonderful portraits of her characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/21/2011

    " I didn't like this book as much as others of Erdrich's that I have read. I found it very disjointed and difficult to follow - maybe I wasn't concentrating enough, I don't know. I didn't really warm to the characters either and I found Deanna's death very confronting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 3/16/2011

    " My favorite Erdrich novel (and I've read them all). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 1/9/2011

    " I love the world of Erdrich's Ojibway characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gabrielle | 12/2/2010

    " This is deliciously quiet wintertime reading.

    An oddly flat ending gives it 4 stars instead of 5, but I'll definitely be checking out other books by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sister | 11/28/2010

    " For me, hard to follow. It's not written in a linear fashion, so I found it hard to follow. I also found it hard to distinguish between myth and reality sometimes. There were some interesting surprises and I did stick with it 'til the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cari | 11/16/2010

    " Nearly as fabulous as Shadow Tag.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 7/12/2010

    " I generally enjoy how Erdrich combines current day stories with mythology, weaving them together so that the old tales feel relevant, precursors to explain what is going on today. This wasn't her strongest novel, but her novels are almost always enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 6/27/2010

    " Overall, pretty good, but a little hard to get into at first. Beautifully written, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyra | 4/12/2010

    " A story that blurs the lines between myth and reality. It's a story about love in all its variations, and how it can ruin and break, uplift and inspire...
    Not my favorite Erdrich book, but worth reading if you like her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giselle | 12/4/2009

    " This is the book I chose for Jan's book club meeting. Like Life of Pi it's also a survival tale. And there is another theme they share. The protagonist has a connection to animals.

    "

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About the Author

Louise Erdrich is the author of over a dozen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award, and The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Louise lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore.