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Shadow Tag


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ISBN13: 9780061536106
ISBN10: 0061536105
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Elyse, November 13, 2014 (view all comments by Elyse)
I don't believe that Erdrich has ever written a disappointing book. Shadow Tag is shorter than many, and its cast of characters smaller. What it is big on is imagary and emotion. Sometimes sweet and loving, sometimes brutal, the characters are hard to like but impossible to forget.
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Teresa de Eugene, November 8, 2014 (view all comments by Teresa de Eugene)
There are so many metaphors and analogies at work in this rough, raw book of a failed marriage. Cruelty and the acceptance of it echo in the wife's research on Catlin, painter of American Indians. Shadow tag is a game, but it is also a jealous husband following his wife as she leads him astray, trying to trick him into giving her up. The shadows are also the particle physics of the couple's oldest (genius) son, the daughter who stands behind closed doors and listens, and the dogs who stand faithfully by, trying to keep a sick family safe.
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J. M. ODonnell, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by J. M. ODonnell)
Sparse, unsparing, real. Louise Erdrich at her best. I highly recommend this book.
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d eckstein, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by d eckstein)
This is a beautifully written story that tears at the heart. You watch the disintegration of a marriage and a family from a fearsome narrator. It is a sad, beautiful book with Native American experience playing a part in the background. I learned about the paintings of American Indians by George Catlin and how the author used them as a key to important information about her characters.
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Berry, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by Berry)
This is, by far, the best book I have read this year: complex,compelling, giving insights into our time and history. A master at the top of her game. I recommend it to one and all.
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Erdrich, Louise
Harper Perennial
Berdan, Stacie Nevadomski
Longman, Jere
Schuyler, Nick
Yeatman, C. Perry
General Fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade PB
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9 x 6 x 0.89 in 16.08 oz

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Product details 272 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061536106 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

When Irene discovers that her husband is reading her diary, she starts using it to manipulate him. This is a searing portrait of a troubled marriage unraveling at the seams. Louise Erdrich gives us the best thing she has ever written. It is astonishing.

"Review A Day" by , "Shadow Tag's form and content make for disturbing polarities: Erdrich imposes her exquisite mastery of language, imagery and literary form upon the raw and brutal chaos of mental illness, alcohol abuse and domestic violence. Unlike the rich orchestrations of much of her previous fiction, with its expansive explorations of history, storytelling and social communities, Shadow Tag is chamber music in a minor key: two parents and three children, a family in free fall over the course of one Minnesota winter." (Read the entire Ms. Magazine review)
"Review" by , "Erdrich is a true original... [and] one of our major writers."
"Review" by , "Erdrich offers a portrait that's convincing...Shadow Tag is wonderfully, painfully readable and revealing."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece...a captivating work of fiction...Shadow Tag is a devastating portrayal of the circular insanity of romantic obsession...captures that lament in some of Erdrich's most beautiful and urgent writing."
"Review" by , "A brilliant cautionary tale...Reading it is like watching a wildfire whose flames are so mesmerizingly beautiful that it's almost easy to ignore the deadly mess left behind."
"Review" by , "A fast-paced novel of exceptional artistic, intellectual, and psychological merit...Nowhere have love's complications been better illustrated than in the raw honesty of Shadow Tag."
"Synopsis" by , When Irene America discovers that her husband has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, as much the truth about her life and her marriage as the Red Diary is a farce. Alternating between these two records, Shadow Tag is an eerily gripping novel.
"Synopsis" by , When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red Diary—hidden where Gil will find it—into a manipulative charade. As Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children, their home becomes a place of increasing violence and secrecy. And Irene drifts into alcoholism, moving ever closer to the ultimate destruction of a relationship filled with shadowy need and strange ironies. and unspeakable tragedy, Nick remained at sea for more than forty hours, holding on, hoping against hope and clinging to the thought that he couldn't bear to have his mother attend his funeral.

Not Without Hopeis much more than a story of survival. It is an inspiring story of friendship, resolve, and courage.

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