Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

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Review: The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence was recommended by several members of The Virtual Silent Book Club, and I am very glad I followed it up!

It s written from the viewpoint of Tookie, the protagonist, who has rebuilt her life after being set up by a couple of friends. However, it also involves coming to terms with a past that Tookie has pretty much blocked out, and how she grows in the process.

Ms. Erdrich’s characters are, however, what makes the book compelling. Tookie, Pollux, Hetta, Laurent, Asema, Flora, een, et al, are not only quirky, but they are memorable and will stay with me for a long time.

Further, in addition to having a mystery to resolve, there is a wickedly funny ghost story involving several of the characters, a slightly twisted love story, a look at the relationship between indigenous people and ‘non-indigenous people, and a good sprinkling of real-life events — all taking place during the year between All Souls Day 2019 and All Souls Day 2020.

Anyway, all that is to say that this is one book you don’t want to miss!

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