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The Game of Silence

by Louise Erdrich

The Game of Silence by Louise Erdrich
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    Apr 2005, 256 pages
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    Jun 2006, 272 pages

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When asked what inspired her to write these books, Erdrich says, "My mother and sister did research that led our family back to Madeline Island. Standing on the shores of Lake Superior, I have wondered whether my ancestors stood in the same place, saw the same scene, heard the same sounds --- the high-pitched cry of the flicker or the white throated sparrow's song. It was natural to want to write about the past, for me, and it came from the heart."

She lives in Minnesota with her children, who help her run a small independent bookstore called The Birchbark.

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