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The Red Convertible LP: Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008

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This unique volume brings together for the first time three decades of short stories by one of the most innovative and exciting writers of our day. A master of the genre, Louise Erdrich has selected these pieces—thirty works that first appeared in magazines as well as six unpublished stories—from among a much larger oeuvre. She has ordered them chronologically but also by ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 832 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by HarperLuxe (first published January 1st 2009)
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THE RED CONVERTIBLE is a wonderful book. It is a book for writers to savor and readers to enjoy. The simple elegance of Erdrich's prose is displayed over and over again in these marvelous pieces of short fiction, each one quite different than the other, a sweeping range of narrators, heroes, heroines, and anti-heroes-heroines. Some of the short pieces developed into one or another of the astonishing novels that later appeared. I especially enjoy "LE MOOZ", and piece about the woman who played t ...more
phew. finally done with this one! So good writing sometimes gets wearisome. I like Louise Erdrich a bunch but found this book to be a challenge. I think that part of it was the weird confusion of stories that were familiar from being part of other books of hers and the way most of the stories had a certain similarity of place and characters that made me Want to connect them into a novel even if they were not Really connected. On top of that, some of them Were connected in actuality. I felt like ...more
I am a Louise Erdrich fan and have read most of her books. This book however weighed me down and I was anxious to finish it. The writing was excellent as always but the stories were so powerful and filled with tragedy and trouble that I found them hard to read: maybe because the stories are compressed as opposed to her novels where the heavy parts aren't so concentrated.

My favorite story was "A Wedge of Shade".
"I drag more pillows down from the other rooms upstairs. There is no question of atte
One of my favorite short stories that I had to read for my English Literature class, and thanks to this novel I got an 85 for my test! I love The Red Convertible because of the simplicity of the story and because of its themes. I love the symbolism and also because of this story, I finally get to hear my teacher swear in class. Ain't that a good moment? And a great story.
I picked this book up at a sale for about an Euro - one of the best spent Euros of my life. It is one of the few books that I have read that have really moved me.

This is a book of 36 short stories written by Erdich over the period of 30 years. They are on a number of Topics, but always at the heart of each and every one is the relationships beween people, and within people. Almost all the stories are about native American Indians, taking place on reservations or in the homes of those who have Lo
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The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008
By Jenny Shank, Special to the Rocky
Published January 8, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Louise Erdrich revisits familiar themes and images in her new collection.

* Fiction. By Louise Erdrich. Harper, $27.95. Grade: A

Plot in a nutshell: The Red Convertible collects a selection of 30 years' worth of stories by Erdrich, demonstrating that while she was a very good storyteller at the beginning o
Carolyn Kellogg
Louise Erdrich is an immensely satisfying storyteller who molds her novels from the clay of her short fiction. In the preface to "The Red Convertible," a collection of her new and selected stories, Erdrich writes that these pieces later "gather force and weight and complexity" to generate whole books, woven densely as tapestries.

This anthology returns 30 of those stories, which eventually became parts of 11 novels, to their original, unentangled forms. The book also includes six other stories, s
Erdrich is so amazing. I loved reading this book, a collection of stories from the past 30 years, including new ones. Except for those, I have read these before, but they are in slightly different formats from the excerpts from the novels they are published in. A collection like this allows you to trace Erdrich's progression as a writer, which I get obsessed with doing sometimes. Now I want to go back and re-read all of her stuff, especially Tracks, which is my personal favorite (third in the Lo ...more
Masculine women, beautiful sports cars laden with family history, swirling river currents, rugged plains, stubbornness and entropy flavor this spellbinding collection of thirty years of Louise Erdrich's stories. Many of Erdrich's protagonists are of American-Indian descent (some part Chipewa, Kapshaw, or Ojibwe) and in the tradition of American history, many share French, German or other mixed ancestry as well. They also share a handful of names which Erdrich seems to favor: Celestines, Sitas, L ...more
Patrick T
What a good collection of short stories. My favorite would have to be The red convertible. I hate to give away information so I talk about the details. I have always been a fan of Louise Erdrich, in her writing style and her native of american influence to literature. Great read and good compilation of short stories!
For the first few stories I was caught up with the beauty of a phrase and the lives of the characters but sadly I got bored as the stories piled up one after the other. We've read some fabulous short story collections--Everything that Rises Must Converge; Gravestone Made of Wheat--and this collection lacked the same power. I think that the difference is that this is just a giant book of short stories, sort of like a music album from an artist with all their songs. The best collections of short s ...more
I've enjoyed all of the novels that I've read of Louise Erdich. I don't find her a particularly easy author, but something about her work keeps me coming back for more. This collection of short stories only adds to my admiration of her writing. The 36 short stories were written over 30 years. All but six of them have been previously published. This collection is almost 500 pages, so I read it over a period of two weeks--dipping into a few stories one day and then not coming back for several days ...more
Nicole Ackley
Mar 05, 2009 Nicole Ackley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SYLVIE
I have always enjoyed Louise Erdrich's books. She is a masterful storyteller. Reading her stories are like greeting old friends and family. This collection of short stories is fantastic. There are all of the good old familiar characters along with a few new ones I wasn't familiar with. I had myself convinced with the first story that it was my favorite and was the best in the collection....I kept saying that until the very end. Bittersweet, honest, funny, insightful, heartbreaking and always pow ...more
Peggy Troyer
Really sad. The death of Michael Dorrit really shows in these stories
As always, Erdrich tells a good tale, or in this case, a large number of them. Many feature familiar characters from her novels, while others introduce new characters that fit in to her tales of reservation life. A few step outside the Native American world, though often not far. Each story delights the reader in its telling, sometimes in unusual ways, with some that are literally laugh-out-loud funny. A great introduction for those who haven't read Erdrich, and a satisfying read for those of us ...more
This one was okay, but the short stories were a little disjointed. Many were written as a basis for a novel, bits and pieces that could be made into something else, which I think made the endings feel a little more abrupt in some cases than they otherwise would. Interesting how many of the characters were interwoven through different stories, but not interesting enough to make me read the entire book. Maybe I need to read one of her full-length novels - only book I've read before this from her w ...more
Heather S. Jones
i'm sure i've mentioned before how i think louise erdrich to be one of the best of women contemporary writers -- the jacket cover makes it look a little hokey -- but we all know we shouldn't judge that (though i do sometimes!)

here's the review from the nytimes:

somewhere i have to list, for open discussion, a literary bestof detailing contemporary women writers. who would you add to a list like this?
Reading this collection is like visiting dear old friends you haven't seen in years. After a few minutes of catching up on the news, you relax and bathe in the comfort of these precious souls. These stories are unaltered from their original form, and they are arranged chronologically, so you can see Erdrich's growth as a writer from page to page. Each story is the perfect length for the quick before-going-to-sleep read. Grab a copy of the book for your bedside table.
I really enjoyed Erdrich's collection of short stories, almost as much as I enjoy her novels. Many of the short stories in this collection I had read before as chapters in her novels; I enjoy how these stories are strong enough to function as both an independent story and a chapter in the novel. Erdrich is a very talented writer, using a variety of narrative techniques in the collection. I look forward to reading more of her works,
Erdrich is one of my favorite writers, and in Red Convertible the reader gets the flavor of her writing over the past thirty years. Erdrich makes me laugh and cry (sometimes at the very same time) , and then when I have wiped my eyes, I come back for more. She says more in a single sentence than most authors say in a chapter. Her prose is to be savored and reread. I am in love with her writing.
I like Erdrich's non-series stuff a lot, and about half this book seemed to be short stories about the same families as most of her books, so I generally skipped those (the series that includes The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No-Horse - Father Damien, Kashpaws, etc.). The other stories were great, it just got edged out by homework. Hopefully I'll make it back to this at a later time!
My favorite quote, from "Future Home of the Living God," a beautiful, funny, sad story about a pregnant teen discovering her birth mother on the reservation: "Always, on four-lane highways, I have this peculiar sensation, as though I am going backwards and forwards at the same time. the future can be pouring into the past, and it would like this, my car the connecting bottleneck."
Sigh. I *love* Louise Erdrich. Many of these stories were familiar, because she later incorporated them into novels. It was fun to re-read those stories in a different context and to encounter new ones. Her novels are so super absorbing that sometimes I read them too quickly and miss the beauty of the language. Reading the stories, oddly, helped me slow down and linger.
My favorite short story, "The Shawl," is in this book. (It's also available here:

Can't remember much about the others in the book, but I've always preferred Erdrich's short stories to her full-length novels.

I can imagine every scene in "The Shawl," which is my measure of writing.
Louise Erdrich is just a good writer. A lot of the stories included here were chapters from her published novels, which was nice for me because though I read The Painted Drum recently, it's been several years since I've read others. There were also a few new pieces. I liked it.
To be honest, I realize that my rating of this book is affected by the fact that the short story form simply doesn't grab me the way the novel form does. Several of these stories relate closely to Erdrich's novels, and I didn't enjoy them nearly as much. They seemed sketchy and unfinished. Another reader without my prejudice would probably rate it higher.
The Red Convertible: Selected and New Stories by Louise Erdrich is a book to keep and dip into from time to time. Not that it does not stand up to a cover to cover reading, but that you will want to go back to it many times. Not only is every story well wrought and every character fully alive, but Erdrich's prose consistently delights the ear.
Mary Piper
This is a diverse collection of stories with memorable characters who are often the underdogs and outcasts in life. On the one hand, the reader wants to root for these pathetic souls, but on the other hand, it is obvious that circumstances are too overwhelming to be overcome. A great read that will make you think about the underside of life.
Louise Erdrich has long been one of my favorite writers. Occasionally, I get bored hearing about the same characters over and over and feel like she has nothing new to say, but then she'll surprise me. The Dress was astonishing, and Fuck with Kayla and You Die had Erdrich's signature irony and humor. Visiting some old favorites was fun, too!
I read about half the book of short stories. They are just what I hoped for and expected from Louise Erdrich. However I had to stop: one, because I couldn't renew it and two, because all the stories were beginning to run together. I needed more time to digest the individual story so I will take on the second half this summer.
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