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Shadow Tag: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Louise Erdrich

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Title:Shadow Tag: A Novel
Authors:Louise Erdrich
Info:Harper (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Tags:American literature, fiction

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Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich

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I received this as a freebie from Goodreads and felt obliged to put it at the top of my to-be-read pile so I could read and review it quickly. I haven't read anything by Louise Erdich in a long time, not because I don't like her work, but because other things have had a strongerhold on my attention. From the first page of Shadow Tag I felt I was in the hands of a master story teller. For me to give a book 4 stars I usually need characters to feel very tangible, or find an elusive writing stlye that captures me. In this case, it was the sheer virtuosity of her storytelling that held me captive. There wasn't an extraneous scene,, or a passage that went on too long. The story unfolded like a flower. I have a few other Erdich books on my bookshelf, and on the basis of this read they will be moving up on my priority list! ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
A brilliant, gorgeous portrayal of a codependent marriage told from multiple perspectives. It would have been perfect if not for an epilogue that too neatly explains the author's technique. ( )
  woolgathering | Apr 4, 2017 |
$80.00
  danbrady | Apr 8, 2016 |
Not my thing. Stopped 1/2 way. ( )
  ellenuw | Jan 27, 2016 |
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in places, “Shadow Tag” seems more like notes for a novel than fully realized fiction. Elsewhere, though, Erdrich’s unbridled urgency yields startlingly original phrasing (“the christbirthing pinecone air”) as well as flashes of blinding lucidity.
 
I left the novel with mixed feelings. Despite its psychological acuity, and the tenderness the author has for the kids, I mostly felt trapped in a stifling space with a rather unlikable couple. I hope that in her next novel, Erdrich opens some windows.
 
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I have two diaries now.
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Falling in love is falling into knowledge. Enduring love comes when we love most of what we learn about the other person and can tolerate the faults they cannot change.
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Chronciles the emotional war between Irene America, a beautiful, introspective woman of Native American ancestry, struggling to finish her dissertation while raising three children, and her husband Gil, a painter whose reputation is built on a series of now iconic portraits of Irene.… (more)

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