Tracks: A Novel

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Henry Holt, 1988 - Fiction - 226 pages
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Set in North Dakota at a time in this century when Indian tribes were struggling to keep what little remained of their lands, Tracks is a tale of passion and deep unrest. Told in the alternating voices of a wise, astute leader of the tribe, and a young, increasingly embittered mixed-blood woman, the novel chronicles the drama of daily lives overshadowed by the clash of cultures and mythologies.

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Lovely prose and compelling characters. - Goodreads
Beautiful writing, beautifully flawed characters. - Goodreads
Intense, poetic storytelling. - Goodreads
Love her writing and love her books. - Goodreads
I really enjoyed Erdrich's prose. - Goodreads
Louise Erdrich is a great writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Cindy Dyson Eitelman - Goodreads

Summary: I finished it just to finish it. And that's not a good thing to say about a novel. It's set in North Dakota during the days when the Indians were dying of white man's diseases, poisoned with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katy Rosenthal - Goodreads

A very beautiful delivery of a sadly un(der)told story in my American education. Read full review

About the author (1988)

Karen Louise Erdrich was born on June 7, 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota. Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where both of her parents were employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Erdrich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with an AB degree, and she received a Master of Arts in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University in 1979. Erdrich published a number of poems and short stories from 1978 to 1982. In 1981 she married author and anthropologist Michael Dorris, and together they published The World's Greatest Fisherman, which won the Nelson Algren Award in 1982. In 1984 she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Love Medicine, which is an expansion of a story that she had co-written with Dorris. Love Medicine was also awarded the Virginia McCormick Scully Prize (1984), the Sue Kaufman Prize (1985) and the Los Angeles Times Award for best novel (1985). In addition to her prose, Erdrich has written several volumes of poetry, a textbook, children's books, and short stories and essays for popular magazines. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for professional excellence, including the National Magazine Fiction Award in 1983 and a first-prize O. Henry Award in 1987. Erdrich has also received the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, the Western Literacy Association Award, the 1999 World Fantasy Award, and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2006. In 2007 she refused to accept an honorary doctorate from the University of North Dakota in protest of its use of the "Fighting Sioux" name and logo. Erdrich's novel The Round House made the New York Times bestseller list in 2013.

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