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The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
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Aug 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read from August 01 to 25, 2010

The Beet Queen is the story of one family told over four decades. Predominantly a story of abandonment, the Beet Queen is slow moving with an emphasis on character development. Erdrich uses a shifting first person narrative to that end, at times retelling the same incident from a different perspective to create a new story.

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 rigid and oppositional. For about 300 pages the book prepares for a confrontation, a drawing together of people previously separated by time or space or values. But in the last fifty pages the confrontation refuses to materialize in the ways you might expect in a work of fiction. I found the lack of conclusion refreshing almost, more honest and realistic than a show-down or come-to-Jesus would have been.

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