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The Plague of Doves

A Novel

by Louise Erdrich

The Plague of Doves
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2008, 320 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2009, 320 pages

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Kim Kovacs

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Louise Erdrich's mesmerizing new novel, her first in almost three years

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 between families.

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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