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4.175 out of 54.175 out of 54.175 out of 54.175 out of 54.175 out of 5 4.18 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Erdrich Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780060797966
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For over half a century, Father Damien Modeste has lived a secret life as a woman, while serving his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity. To complicate his fears, his quiet life changes when a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, difficult, possibly false saint, Sister Leopolda.

Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Sister Leopolda's piety, but the facts are bound up in his own secret. He is forced to choose: Should he reveal all he knows and risk everything? Or should he manufacture a protective history? In a masterwork that both deepens and enlarges the world of her previous novels set on the same reservation, Louise Erdrich captures the essence of a time and the spirit of a woman who feels compelled by her beliefs to serve her people as a priest. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse is a work of an avid heart, a writer's writer, and a storytelling genius.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A deeply affecting narrativeby turns comical and elegiac, farcical, and tragic.”

    New York Times

  • “Funny, engrossing and revelatory.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “[Erdrich’s] best so far…told with such cleverness and compassion that the effect is nothing less than dazzling.” 

    USA Today

  • “A magnificent storyteller … delivering musical prose charged by powerful metaphors.” 

    St. Paul Star-Tribune

  • "Stunning…a moving meditation…infused with mystery and wonder." 

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wavelength | 2/11/2014

    " The story of Agnes DeWitt's shape changing life from leaving the convent and her life as Sister Cecilia, to becoming Berndt Vogel's lover and then losing everything to two tragedies: a bank robbery and the murder of her lover and later the loss of their home to a flood. Agnes once again changes shape and dons the cassock of Father Damien, who died in the rising flood waters. Agnes/Father Damien proceeds to his original destination, the reservation at Little No Horse. The majority of the novel tells the story of Father Damien caring for his flock. As with other Erdrich novels, the characters and their lives intertwine, but this book brought to the forefront the themes of religious dogma, love, not romantic love but "in service of the spirit of goodness, love," and the notion of appreciating a culture for all its wisdom and not trying to change it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ann | 2/9/2014

    " Superbly crafted tail "

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

    " Any book by Louise Erdrich is riveting and complex, but this one is completely amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billye | 1/28/2014

    " Wonderful rich prose, Excellent blend of narrative with historic themes. I read Love Medicine, the book that Erdrich wrote before this book but chronicles the characters after this book takes place. I appreciate reading the back story. The book is from the perspective of the Catholic Priest on the reservation, her complex treatment of the character makes it clear that the lines between insider and outsider are more fluid than race. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Workman Holland (Tales Between the Pages) | 1/25/2014

    " Last Report really opens up and blurs the boundaries on what it means to be good and evil, man and woman, saint and priest, and Christian and Ojibwe. What makes a saint? Piety? Miracles? It is beautiful, stunning, profound, horrifying, and funny. Louise Erdrich's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandie | 1/23/2014

    " This is a must read Father Damien-Agnes is so colorful and each layer of her/his lives in one body with one soul. Father Damien the man, the priest, the friend, musician, woman,and so much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 1/22/2014

    " Erdrich gets eveything right in this book despite the controversial subject matter of a woman hiding her gender as she works as a priest for years. I'd avoided this book because the premise didn't appeal to me. But now that I've read it, I must say Erdrich does marvels with the plot and charaterization. It's just a great story of people whether they be Catholic or Native American. The author creates a world of thoughtfulness that I was sad to depart from once I finished the book. When Erdrich gets it right in her books, she is a fantasic story teller, and she gets it more than right with this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting, I'm so mixed about this book. Maybe because the book is so mixed, hidden gender, Native American, Catholic church, so sad, so funny, etc. etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylia | 1/13/2014

    " So far, I am really enjoying this book. It is a bit dense, but I like that, and it is very funny which surprised me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 1/11/2014

    " The story jumps all over the place and it was a little hard to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 12/21/2013

    " Fabulous writing; story I didn't want to end; characters that entire books could revolve around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie Ensign | 12/16/2013

    " Although well written, I never finished this book. Tried to read it over a couple of months while also reading too many other books. I think I would have liked it better and finished it if I had been able to immerse myself in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veda Jones | 12/9/2013

    " Unique premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 11/18/2013

    " What a compelling book. I will not spoil it by telling you anything other than it's told from an astonishing perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Fowler | 11/3/2013

    " This is the best book I've read by Erdrich, hands down. Everything about it is melodic, stunning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/3/2013

    " Couldn't stand it. Felt guilt for a time. Now I just accept it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmi | 7/23/2013

    " This was one of my favorite books of hers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 7/16/2013

    " This story is bizarre and extraordinary. A really special book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 10/17/2012

    " Not the best Erdrich I've read, but still compelling and well-written, as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 9/29/2012

    " More imagined about reservation life and the Ojibwe tribe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie Krause | 9/9/2012

    " My second Erdrich book but not as good as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrice Linuci | 5/13/2012

    " a very interesting twist of fate. I loved the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Thompson | 1/15/2012

    " Louise is too smart far me, but what an odd and creative writer she is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daria | 9/3/2011

    " Extremely quirky but thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al Gritten | 7/27/2011

    " It was quite an interesting story with several twists and turns. Erdrich has done her research, but I found it a little difficult to follow the story at times. Well worth the read though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Honeybee | 5/23/2011

    " Read this for WS 349: Film, Literature and Culture Production: Re-Imagining History through Contemporary Women's Writing with Christine St. Peter.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 5/18/2011

    " A beautiful and enjoyable narrative that delves deeply into the themes of spirituality, gender roles, and the ways Christianity interacted with the beliefs of Native Americans, and vice versa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/17/2011

    " Few unexpected twisters in here - but I loved it. Priests who aren't, miracles which aren't, people are are falliable but ultimately loveable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 4/18/2011

    " Fabulous writing; story I didn't want to end; characters that entire books could revolve around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 3/19/2011

    " This is Erdrich at her finest - loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/17/2011

    " This is a wonderful book. It is one to be read outloud as it contains a lot of conversation. There are a lot of fuuny stories throughout this wonderful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolene | 2/14/2011

    " Her best so far. Funnnnnnny and sad at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roseanne | 2/13/2011

    " On my top 5. One of the most intriguing, funny, sad, hopeful books ever. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.