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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,003 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louise Erdrich Narrator: Peter Francis James, Kathleen McInerney Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Louise Erdrich's mesmerizing new novel, her first in almost three years, centers on a compelling mystery. The unsolved murder of a farm family haunts the small, white, off-reservation town of Pluto, North Dakota. The vengeance exacted for this crime and the subsequent distortions of truth transform the lives of Ojibwe living on the nearby reservation and shape the passions of both communities for the next generation. The descendants of Ojibwe and white intermarry, their lives intertwine; only the youngest generation, of mixed blood, remains unaware of the role the past continues to play in their lives.

Evelina Harp is a witty, ambitious young girl, part Ojibwe, part white, who is prone to falling hopelessly in love. Mooshum, Evelina's grandfather, is a seductive storyteller, a repository of family and tribal history with an all-too-intimate knowledge of the violent past. Nobody understands the weight of historical injustice better than Judge Antone Bazil Coutts, a thoughtful mixed blood who witnesses the lives of those who appear before him, and whose own love life reflects the entire history of the territory. In distinct and winning voices, Erdrich's narrators unravel the stories of different generations and families in this corner of North Dakota. Bound by love, torn by history, the two communities' collective stories finally come together in a wrenching truth revealed in the novel's final pages.

The Plague of Doves is one of the major achievements of Louise Erdrich's considerable oeuvre, a quintessentially American story and the most complex and original of her books.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Writing in prose that combines the magical sleight of hand of Gabriel García Márquez with the earthy, American rhythms of Faulkner…[Erdrich] has written what is arguably her most ambitious—and in many ways, her most deeply affecting—work yet.”

    New York Times

  • “[Erdrich’s] accomplishment in these pages is Tolstoy-like: to render human particularity so meticulously and with such fierce passion as to convey the great, glittering movement of time.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “An intricate tale of heartbreak and humor…[A] wondrous novel…What marks these stories…is what has always set Erdrich apart and made her work seem miraculous: the jostling of pathos and comedy…Sit down and listen carefully.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Wholly felt and exquisitely rendered tales of memory and magic…An intricate tapestry that deeply satisfies the mind, the heart, and the spirit.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “The stories told by [Erdrich’s] characters offer pleasures of language, of humor, of sheer narrative momentum, that shine even in the darkest moments of the book.”

    Boston Globe

  • “The great web that connects Erdrich’s vivid characters is so subtly drawn and so surprising in its configuration, the novel, like every good story, yields new insights and surprises with each immersion.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Erdrich moves seamlessly from grief to sexual ecstasy, from comedy…to tragedy, and from richly layered observations of nature to human nature to magical realism. She is less storyteller than medium. One has the sense that voices and events pour into her and reemerge with crackling intensity, as keen music trembling between sorrow and joy.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Erdrich’s latest novel…is so natural you forget there’s a writer behind it…Instantly gripping.”

    Marie Claire

  • “One can only marvel…at Erdrich’s amazing ability to do what so few of us can—shape words into phrases and sentences of incomparable beauty that, then, pour forth a mesmerizing story.”

    USA Today

  • “At once mythic and down-to-earth…Beautiful, funny, moving, and unexpected.”


  • “Erdrich deftly weaves past and present, and her literary territory is as intricate as Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County.”


  • “Erdrich has demonstrated a rare ability to create vibrant, wholly original characters and to describe nature in a prose so lyrical it becomes poetry. The Plague of Doves is proof that she has yet to exhaust her powerful magic.”

    Hartford Courant

  • “To read Louise Erdrich’s thunderous new novel is to leap headlong into the fiery imagination of a master storyteller…A rich, colorful mosaic of tales that twist and turn for decades.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A multigenerational tour de force of sin, redemption, murder and vengeance.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The magic lies in the details of Erdrich’s ever-replenishing mythology, whether of a lost stamp collection or a boy’s salvation. A lush, multilayered book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Mesmerizing…With both impeccable comic timing and a powerful sense of the tragic, Erdrich continues to illuminate, in highly original style, ‘the river of our existence.’”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Louise Erdrich’s imaginative freedom has reached its zenith—The Plague of Doves is her dazzling masterpiece.”

    Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2009 Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Fiction
  • A 2009 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2009 Audie Award Finalist
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Fiction
  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Courtney | 2/13/2014

    " well-written with some beautiful phrases, this book is ridiculously ambitious in scope. though the character development is fantastic, the number of characters developed make the payoff an exercise in flipping back through the book, trying to find the clues. flawed, but worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sylvia | 2/7/2014

    " Over the past 15+ years, I have read the vast majority of Louise Erdrich's novels. My fascination with Native American culture and the Native experience, along with my North Dakota pedigree, have drawn me to the characters and places (albeit mostly fictional) in Ms. Erdrich's writing; but it is that writing itself that has kept me coming back for more. The compelling way in which the characters lives intertwine, and the manner in which these relationships are revealed is nothing short of brilliant. (Even if I do sometimes have to backtrack to figure out how everything/everyone fits together.) The Plague of Doves may well be Louise Erdrich's best novel, but to know for sure, I will have to pick up the ones I have missed so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tess | 2/4/2014

    " Louise Erdrich is a great storyteller. You have to get used to her style, but I love how she weaves her stories and intertwines the lives of the Ojibwe indians and the german immigrants who settled in the area of North Dakota that Erdrich writes about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Autumn | 2/2/2014

    " The first Louise Erdrich book I've ever read, and after that, I certainly will be reading more! "

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