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The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
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Jun 05, 2012

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A surprise treat came my way while evaluating and updating the library collection for materials written by or about North American First Nations. In this novel, Louise Erdrich examines issues of cultural heritage and ancestral ownership. She engages the reader through a balanced style of sensibility tempered with a sense of frank humour. The audiobook format, read by Anna Fields, captured the author's voice enhancing the stories of generations of individuals and families who took possession of a ceremonial Native American drum. Issues of justice and fairness, racial tensions, and a cunning strategy to bring the drum to its rightful home kept mein suspense. The reader will be debatingthe question "Is it ever right to do the wrong thing?" Through the interplay of real life characters in families and in community, Erdrich draws the reader into her vibrant culture.

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