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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,049 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Erdrich Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn't surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum, ornamented with symbols she doesn't recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt, especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound.

From Faye's discovery, we trace the drum's passage, from the reservation on the northern plains to New Hampshire and back. Through the voice of Bernard Shaawano, an Ojibwe, we hear how his grandfather fashioned the drum after years of mourning his young daughter's death, and how it changes the lives of those whose paths its crosses. And through Faye we hear of her anguished relationship with a local sculptor, who himself mourns the loss of a daughter, and of the life she has made alone with her mother, in the shadow of the death of Faye's sister.

Through these compelling voices, The Painted Drum explores the strange power that lost children exert on the memories of those they leave behind, and the intricate, transformative rhythms of human grief. One finds throughout the grace and wit, the captivating prose, and surprising beauty that characterize Louise Erdrich's finest work.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zhaawano | 2/19/2014

    " Haven't finished it yet but I (really) like it so far. Mrs. Erdrich has never let me down. So far so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judith | 2/15/2014

    " The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich chronicles the multigenerational history of an extraordinary Ojibwe drum. With its discovery, recognition, and eventual return to its family home, linked stories are revealed about the people who have been tested, threatened and/or fulfilled in their experience with the drum. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mak | 2/15/2014

    " It was ok. But even though the plight of the Native Americans was heartbreaking, the book didn't let me feel it on a personal, human level. It kept me detached from the characters. Very much an observer. An outsider. Even purely human matters such as life and death, finding your place in the world, forgiveness, etc. were presented in such a way that, although you could understand them, and feel sad, the book made it all feel clinical and far away, so the reader could not really empathize. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vickie T | 2/2/2014

    " Well read. I thought it was much easier to read than some of her other books. Story of Fay, an appraiser of antiques, who encounters an Ojibway drum and how it moves her and what she learsn from it. "

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