Now, from the award-winning author of Love Medicine, comes a vibrant tale of abandonment and sexual obsession, jealousy and unstinting love. On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary look for refuge to their mother's sister Fritzie, who with her husband, Pete, runs a butch...more
Other things I loved:
- fabulous, quirky characters, including three especially strong female characters (I'm drawing a blank right now whether we meet Mary Adare anywhere else, or Dot - I think for sure the latter....more
Mary stays in Argus and grows up in her aunt's house; Karl heads off for unknown parts. Immediately, a rivalry between Mary and S...more
The story opens as two young children and an infant watch their mother abandon them by getting in a stunt plane at the county fair and just not coming back. They are abandoned and have to make their wa...more
It starts out by introducing us to Adelaide, a "kept woman," who has three children to a married man. When this man suddenly dies, it is a catastrophe for her, and one day she abandons her three children in a most unusual and surreal way. Those children, Karl, Mary, and a baby boy, end up going three separate ways.
So, in the beginning, anything can happen to these th...more
This is the second book written in the style of an extended network of relations and families, the first...more
What is fun about this book is the narration changes, from first person to third, from Mary’s to Karl’s to others’ point-of-view. Louise Erdrich makes it wor...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters, though well developed, in the end become incomprehensible as their motives shift and their personality traits become more rigi...more
Really enjoyed! Will try and write a more complete review in the days ahead. I actually turned around and started my second time through it a few hours later! Once I learned that the most odd character in it is.. the author, according to her. And that this is her most autobiographical book.
Her work kind of unsettles me - I read her 'Love Medicine' (or part anyway) long ago: and remember it as a struggle. Something about it makes me feel uncertain of things or insufficiently eng...more
The longer story unfolds from several perspectives and I really enjoyed seeing the change in the characters and their town as time passes. Especially int...more
But still, it is quite charming a story... just don't try to pick up one train of thought too closely/far because this book...more
One of my book group members recommended this book when she was in the midst of reading it, so I don't know how she enjoyed it overall. The premise is gripping -- in 1932, a mother simply abandons her three children: a fragile 14-year-old boy, a tough-as-nails 11-year-old girl,...more
I love Native American themes, characters, and plots. I feel it is such a big part of the Ameri...more
Erdrich’s character development is superb…I loved all of the individual stories (told sometimes by the characters, sometimes by a narrator) that build up over the years that then lead to the culminating “crowning of the Beet Queen” scenes at the end. I was definitely pulled in to...more
Louise Erdrich writes about ordinary people. They are not superheroes, or even heroes (for the most part) in the common unders...more
Erdrich is masterful at the point-of-view chapters that alternate between characters. Her characters are so totally flawed, despicable, hateful even, but sympathetic their own pitiful ways. Their self-criticism makes them all the more appealing. While they are only human, they participate in otherworldly events that make The Beet Quee...more
I kid (sort of).
This book follows a group of characters across 40 years. The story starts with the story of abandoned siblings Mary and Karl and then grows to include the people they interact with throughout their life. Each chapter is told from a different person's perspective.
I did not feel as if there was much of a plot as it was supposed to be more...more