Excerpt from The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich, plus links to reviews, author biography & more

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The Plague of Doves

A Novel

By Louise Erdrich

The Plague of Doves
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2008,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: May 2009,
    320 pages.

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His big brother put on his vestments, the best he had, hand-me-downs from a Minneapolis parish. As real incense was impossible to obtain, he prepared the censer by stuffing it with dry sage rolled up in balls. There was an iron hand pump and a sink in the cabin, and Mooshum's brother, or half brother, Father Severine Milk, wet a comb and slicked back his hair and then his little brother's hair. The church was a large cabin just across the yard, and wagons had been pulling up for the last hour or so. Now the people were in the church and the yard was full of the parked wagons, each with a dog or two tied in the box to keep the birds and their droppings off the piled hay where people would sit. The constant movement of the birds made some of the horses skittish.

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