The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year

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Harper Collins, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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Louise Erdrich’s first major work of nonfiction, The Blue Jay’s Dance, brilliantly and poignantly examines the joys and frustrations, the compromises and insights, and the difficult struggles and profound emotional satisfactions the acclaimed author experienced in the course of one twelve–month period—from a winter pregnancy through a spring and summer of new motherhood to her return to writing in the fall. In exquisitely lyrical prose, Erdrich illuminates afresh the large and small events that every parent will recognize and appreciate.

“Moving, memorable. . . . A book that breaks ground.”—Boston Sunday Globe

“Pregnancy, birth, and caring for an infant inspire Erdrich’s reflections on being a woman, a mother, and a writer. . . . [She] transforms the mundane into a paean to the mystery and wonder of the creative force, and a celebration of family, nature, and memory.”—People

“What Erdrich does so masterfully is tie together all the strings of her life. . . . All these strings tie her to the rest of us.”—Detroit Free Press


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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Astute, poetic reflections on the powerful mother-daughter relationship from conception through the baby's first year. Developmental researchers have found that when a mother and her infant gaze into ... Read full review

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User Review  - keely_chace - LibraryThing

This is an account of the pregnancy and year following the birth of Erdrich's third daughter. It doesn't measure up to expectations set by the one Erdrich novel I've read, but if you happen to be a ... Read full review


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About the author (1996)

Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

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