The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

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Having survived World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher's precious knife set, Fidelis sets out for America. In Argus, North Dakota, he builds a business, a home for his family—which includes Eva and four sons—and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town. When the Old World meets the New—in the person of Delphine Watzka—the great adventure of Fidelis's life begins. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted. She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine's life, and the trajectory of this brilliant novel.

 

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. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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All of the virtues of Erdrich's best works—her lyrical precision, bleakly beautiful North Dakota settings, deft interweaving of characters and subplots, and haunting evocation of love and

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Not willing to abandon Roy, Delphine and her vaudeville partner, Cyprian Lazarre, a homosexual Ojibwa, set up house in Argus, where Delphine soon befriends Eva and develops a disturbing attraction to Fidelis.

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Erdrich's quiet, gentle voice is so soft, it's as if she's carefully reading a bedtime story.

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Examiner

In the Guthrie Theater’s world premiere production of The Master Butchers Singing Club, adapted by playwright Marsha Norman from the novel by Louise Erdrich, the longing for a home is a pervasive force.

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Book Reporter

Fidelis, an expert sniper, was best friends with Eva's fiancé --- killed during the war --- and the two soon embark for a fresh start in America.

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Entertainment Weekly

''This book is fiction except for snout salad, the bull's pizzle, and my grandmother's short stint as a human table in a vaudeville act,'' writes Louise Erdrich in her acknowledgments, displaying the same gift for extraordinary detail and teasing indirection that makes The Master Butchers Singin...

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Caribous Mom

Erdrich never rushes the tempo of her story, carefully setting her scenes and building the relationships between the characters.

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Project MUSE

German immigrant and World War I veteran Fidelis, robustly played by Lee Mark Nelson, stepped off of the train in Argus, North Dakota, not knowing a soul.

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It is the story of Delphine Watzka, Fidelis Waldvogel and their lives in Argus, North Dakota, a fictional town featured in several of Erdrich's works.

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One of the most essential components of the narrative - the love between Delphine and Fidelis - is the least convincing currently.

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