The jacket narrative of The Plague of Doves is rather
deceptive. Erdrich's latest offering isn't really a novel;
it's a collection of short stories loosely tied together
through the lynching mentioned in the book's description.
The core story serves as a touchstone, a place to connect
the diverse tales, but doesn't play a central part in the
characters' actions or development. Very little of the book
is about the brutal murders related in the book's one-page
introduction, focusing instead on relationships within and
Short story collections often suffer from unevenness in quality from tale to tale. Such is not the case with The Plague of Doves. All of the stories in this compilation are engaging and exceptionally well-written, with a depth rarely found in full-length ...
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