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Shadow Tag: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

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
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:American literature, fiction

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Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich

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  danbrady | Apr 8, 2016 |
Not my thing. Stopped 1/2 way. ( )
  ellenuw | Jan 27, 2016 |
I had a love/hate relationship with this book, as I seem to have with the few other books by Erdrich I've read (or tried to read). Some of her dialogue struck me as unrealistic and pretentious; but some of her descriptions of the way people are (or are not) with one another are exquisite. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
Shadow Tag feels like great improv, executed by a great artist. But it's not a great book. It's more a series of breathless and perfectly executed riffs. The novel includes scenes of deep seriousness--child abuse, marital rape, suicide...along with scenes of dark comedy--a husband hosting a lavish surprise party for a wife about to leave him; a marriage counseling session that soars into farce; a desperate quest to save a little guinea pig on Christmas Eve. The whole doesn't add up but the parts are so delicious that it didn't matter. ( )
  poingu | Jan 23, 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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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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