Erdrich is one of the greatest living American writers
A knowing, loving evocation of people trying to survive with their personalities and traditions intact.
A work of distinct luminosity . . . Erdrich traces the indelible traumas of racism and sexual violence and celebrates the vitality and depth of Chippewa life . . . Bestselling and much-honored Erdrich is at her radiant best in this dramatic tale
Erdrich's inspired portrait of her own tribe's resilient heritage masterfully encompasses an array of characters and historical events. Erdrich remains an essential voice.
Erdrich orchestrates a rich community tale
[The Night Watchman is] Erdrich´s stunning new novel . . . Thomas Washushk, the character who lovingly hops off the page, is based on Erdrich´s own grandfather . . . Erdrich weaves the stories of other beautifully crafted characters against the backdrop of an impoverished reservation . . . The connection between Erdrich´s characters and the natural world is unbreakable, and some of her most evocative passages are dedicated to this relationship . . . Erdrich has chosen a story that is near to her heart, and it shines through on every page.
Erdrich's restless eye captures movements and years of the North Dakota reservation's hardscrabble life and rich traditions . . . A beguiling storyteller
A moving account of people trying to cling on to their identity in a hostile world.
This book feels particularly special, taking those elements that we expect from Erdrich - beautiful prose, exquisite depiction of the natural world, powerful emotion - and building them into something exceptional. If you haven't read her before, The Night Watchman is a superb introduction to the work of one of America's most important living novelists.
Erdrich [offers] the reader the gifts of love and richness that only a deeply connected writer can provide. You never doubt these are her people . . . For 450 pages, we are grateful to be allowed into this world . . . I walked away from the Turtle Mountain clan feeling deeply moved, missing these characters as if they were real people known to me. In this era of modern termination assailing us, the book feels like a call to arms. A call to humanity.
Erdrich describes the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota in rich detail and illustrates the lengths that some will go to protect the ones they care for.