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On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. After being orphaned in a most peculiar way, they seek refuge in the butcher shop of their aunt Fritzie and her husband, Pete; ordinary Mary, who will cause a miracle, and seductive Karl, who lacks his sister's gift for survival, embark upon an exhilarating life-journey crowded with colorful, unforgettable characters and marked by the extraordinary magic of natural events.

The bestselling, award-winning author of The Painted Drum, Louise Erdrich dazzles in this vibrant and heartfelt tale of abandonment and sexual obsession, jealousy and unstinting love that explores with empathy, humor, and power the eternal mystery of the human condition.


From the award-winning author of "Love Medicine" comes a vibrant tale of abandonment and sexual obsession, jealousy and unstinting love--a 40-year saga brimming with original and powerful characters.

About the Author

Louise Erdrich lives with her family and their dogs in Minnesota. Ms. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She grew up in North Dakota and is of German-American and Chippewa descent. She is the author of many critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling novels for adults, including Love Medicine, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her latest novel The Plague of Doves, also published by HarperCollins.

The Porcupine Year continues the story that began with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist, and The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and was inspired when Ms. Erdrich and her mother, Rita Gourneau Erdrich, were researching their own family history.

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sentina, June 30, 2012 (view all comments by sentina)
This book is a scattered bunch of bits of stories of people's mostly empty lives. Written from several viewpoints that don't always make sense (sometimes unknown narrator, sometimes first person and known narrator), it jumps from one bit of a person's life to another, with very little about each one.

I kept reading it because I hoped to learn something about North Dakota, and I did, a little, but not much; and I kept hoping it would get more interesting and complete, but it didn't.

It is sort of like a photo album with a few notes under the photos, but no real story, other than that most of the characters continue to make bad choices, even when they know they are doing it.

There is a lot of anger, fear, disgust, loss, fatigue, cold, resentment, and very little love, comfort, humor, support, warmth, or respect; just another story about mostly meaningless lives with very little resolution and no noticeably wise people.

Disappointing, and makes me very glad to not live in that kind of community.
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ReadingMathTeacher, June 15, 2009 (view all comments by ReadingMathTeacher)
The characters of this novel pull the reader in like no other -- and it fits perfectly within the entire _Love Medicine_ series. Look on to _Tales of Burning Love_ for more on these characters.
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Erdrich, Louise
by Louise Erdrich
Harper Perennial
North dakota
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