The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich
Selected and New Stories, 1978-2008

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“Erdrich is a true original… [and] one of our major writers: She illuminates large swaths of U.S. history and culture, and [The Red Covertible] is a good demonstration of her compelling stylistic innovations, not to mention her literary cunning.” —Washington Post Book World

From New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich, fresh off her acclaimed Pulitzer-Prize finalist The Plague of Doves, comes The Red Convertible, a stunning collection of short stories selected by the author herself from over three decades of work. A veritable masterclass in the art of short fiction, The Red Convertible features 31 previously published stories and 5 never-before-published pieces. Presented in one collection for the first time, the stories of The Red Convertible cement Louise Erdich’s position in the pantheon of consummate, innovative writers of the American short story alongside such luminaries as Flannery O’Connor and Charles Baxter.

 

About Louise Erdrich

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Louise Erdrich is the author of thirteen novels, several volumes of poetry, short stories, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Plague of Doves was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore.
 
Published January 6, 2009 by HarperLuxe. 832 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Erdrich (The Plague of Doves, 2008, etc.) has created such a complex fictional universe, with mythic characters reappearing in different guises in her numerous novels, that these 36 stories, even those previously unpublished, resonate like favorite melodies.

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In Erdrich’s story “Scales,” which appeared in The North American Review and “The Best American Short Stories 1983” and was later folded into the novel “Love Medicine,” she describes the fierce bond between Dot Adare, a sturdy, irascible woman who weighs trucks for the North Dakota Highway Depart...

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Publishers Weekly

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Masculine women, gorgeous sports cars rich with family history, rugged plains, river currents, stubbornness and entropy wend through this spellbinding collection of ten new and 26 previously published stories from prolific Midwestern author Erdrich (The Plague of Doves).

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Book Reporter

The angst of teenagehood, the bitter pill of aging, the chilling remembrance of a loved one's descent into the last days of life --- even if you haven't gone through these shared human experiences yet, Erdrich's writings feel like she is giving you a heads-up on them so that, when they do happen,...

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Entertainment Weekly

Whether she's writing about a former trapeze artist saving her child from a burning home in ''The Leap'' or a violin that passes through generations of Ojibwe Native Americans in ''Shamengwa,'' Louise Erdrich can sketch a novel's worth of character and incident in just a few pages.

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Christian Science Monitor

When reading for pleasure, I don’t usually choose short stories.

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Tampa Bay Times

Nearly every novel Louise Erdrich has published began life as a short story.

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Cleveland.com

The story feels like something from Masters' Spoon River Anthology, a monologue in which the grandchildren learn about Cuthbert's race with a demon and Ignatia's long and happy life with someone she never expected to be her husband.

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One of my favorite stories of the collection was “Naked Woman Playing Chopin,” which integrates two subjects of great interest to me: music and spirituality, in the form of a nun who is seduced by playing the piano music of Chopin, to the exclusion of all else.

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Bookmarks Magazine

One of the most significant Native American writers of our time, Louise Erdrich has published her very first collection of short stories, including several award winners as well as some never before in print.

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