The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
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For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety and is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything . . . or manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda's wonder-working is motivated solely by evil?

 

About Louise Erdrich

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Louise Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and is the author of many bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. She lives in Minnesota with her family, where she runs an independent bookstore, The Birchbark House. You can visit her online at www.readlouiseerdrich.com and www.birchbarkbooks.com.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The North Dakota world of interrelated Native American families that Erdrich has shaped into a myth of Faulknerian proportions is once again the province of her extraordinary sixth novel: a worthy companion to such triumphs as Love Medicine (1993) and The Antelope Wife (1998).

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Her prose shimmers: a piano being carried across the plains is ""an ebony locust."" This novel will be remembered for a cornucopia of set pieces, all bizarre and stunning: wounded and taken hostage by a bank robber and pinned to the running board of his Overland automobile, Agnes, ""her leg a fla...

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Erdrich renders her North Dakota world of the Ojibwe with a lyrical and richly metaphorical prose style.

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In a game of chess with Nanapush one day, Father Damien is paralyzed with fear when Nanapush indicates that he knows the secret of Father Damien's identity…but in a reverse turn beautifully executed by Erdrich, Father Damien realizes through his tears that Nanapush has only used the revelation to...

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Interwoven through the novel is an unsolved murder, but Erdrich's gift lies in unraveling characters rather than mysteries, and in her stunning, off the cuff descriptions (a horse is ''old and made of brutal velvet'').

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Meeting a traveling priest who died en route to a Minnesota Indian reservation, the then-young Agnes took his place and, in disguise, learned to play priest to the Ojibwe tribe as well as any man.

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