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The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich
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Aug 05, 2007

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bookshelves: fiction, chicklit
Recommended for: women interested in Native American stories
Read in August, 2007

I enjoyed reading this book. Each section is good; a couple of sections are from the perspective of a woman who helps clean out houses after the owners die and auctions off the antiques in New Hampshire. Her mother is Ojibwe, although they never lived in North Dakota or on the reservation. Other sections do take place on the reservation: the history of the painted drum (and how it ended up in New Hampshire) placed in a family history, and another family's story involving the drum. Each section is good in itself, but the connections consist only of a character from one story appearing in another. This might have been better as a collection of short stories/ novellas than as a single, supposedly cohesive work.

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