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The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich
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it's a great exercise reading an author's later book after an early work. in erdrich's case, it's amazing to witness the growth--how much richer her language becomes, how much broader her range of characters, and how more in control her technique is so that the reader barely notices her sleight of hand. the storytelling is deft, connecting past and present confidently, with a more grounded sense of humor and a more troubled sense of what can go wrong in relationships and lives. i think what was most reassuring for me was seeing how a woman writer's voice could grow wiser, even earthier as she got older. i loved antelope wife for many reasons--the historical sense, the oral telling component, the mapping of loves and friendships--but for this writerly reason especially.
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