Erdrichs novel the antelope wife makes a leap of style incorporating deep history from a scene similar to nineteenth century ojibwe clashes with the united states army with a mythic child who . In the antelope wife the role of narrator passes not only from one character to another but at times to an omniscient storyteller whatever the case the distinct voice attributed to each vividly drawn character never ceased to amaze me i plan to reread the antelope wife it is a tale that richly told. The antelope wife combines native mysticism and legend with the multi generational stories of the roy and shawano families linked by one woman she will bring their destinies full circle written in lyrical prose and infused with haunting imagery the story alternates between grief and acceptance with a rare glimpse of joy. Erdrichs stunningly imagined sixth novel follows the trail blazed by such well received predecessors as the bingo palace 1994 over several generations a strange symbiosis binds as it divides two families the roys and the shawanos erdrich begins with a cryptic image of women sewing beads into an indiscernible pattern then briefly tells the story of scranton roy who is drawn westward . The antelope wife extends the branches of the families who populate louise erdrichs earlier novels and once again her unsentimental unsparing writing captures the native american sense of despair magic and humor rooted in myth and set in contemporary minneapolis this poetic and haunting story spans a century at the center of which is a mysterious and graceful woman known as the
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