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Future home of the living god : a novel

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2017
A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.

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  • 9780062694058 (hardcover)
  • 9780062694058
  • 0062694057

Edition: First edition.

Description: 269 pages ; 24 cm

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Alexie, Sherman, 1966- — Like Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie skillfully mixes cultures and time periods; with clear prose and a clear-eyed vision of the difficulties of his characters' lives, he captures both the humor and the despair of life on the Spokane Indian reservation in Washington State. And as in Erdrich's tales, violence is sometimes their only outlet. -- Shauna Griffin
Allende, Isabel — Louise Erdrich is firmly rooted in North American native cultures, while Isabel Allende springs from Latin America, but their rich, complex multigenerational stories have much in common. Both employ versions of magic realism, and their memorable characters, vivid descriptions, nonlinear narratives, and sense of irony provide similar reading experiences. -- Katherine Johnson
Vanderhaeghe, Guy, 1951- — Although their work rarely overlaps in time or place, these authors each examine the conflicts between Native Americans and European immigrants, with Guy Vanderhaeghe writing from the European viewpoint and Louise Erdrich writing through a Native American lens. Both feature complex characters, lyrical description, and abundant food for thought. -- Mike Nilsson
Boyden, Joseph, 1966- — Louise Erdrich and Joseph Boyden both write character-centered and intricately plotted novels that focus on Native American lives. Boyden's evocative, richly descriptive prose features less humor than in Erdrich's writing, but his characters are similarly compelling -- three-dimensional and believable. -- Halle Eisenman
Dillard, Annie — Readers fond of Erdrich's skill at developing characters might try Annie Dillard, who has also examined the intersection of Native American and European cultures and keeps the reader's attention with sharply defined portrayals, clear writing, and skillful depictions of tragedy. Dillard's nonfiction also contains threads of spirituality which Erdrich's fans may find appealing. -- Shauna Griffin
Morrison, Toni — Readers especially attracted to the mythic aspects of Louise Erdrich may appreciate Toni Morrison, whose stories present rich and layered experiences from an African-American viewpoint. Erdrich's writing style is more conventional, but both authors have strong powers of description and an ability to immerse readers in the story's atmosphere. -- Katherine Johnson
Guthrie, A. B. (Alfred Bertram), 1901-1991 — Although A.B. Guthrie sets his work in the 19th century and Louise Erdrich sets hers largely in the twentieth, both explore the collision between Native Americans and Europeans. Their richly detailed, atmospheric prose and complex, affecting characterizations summon life's bare necessities, unexpected dangers, and natural beauty. -- Mike Nilsson
Russo, Richard, 1949- — Like Erdrich, Richard Russo writes eloquently about people on the margins of society; his blue-collar characters are similarly believable. Alcohol and despair are often at the root of the stories, but Russo also writes with hope, and in many of his stories there is a sense of possible redemption that one also finds in Erdrich's work. -- Shauna Griffin
Hoeg, Peter, 1957- — Hoeg and Erdrich emphasize social concerns in their complex stories, often ranging over generations. They feature offbeat characters and dark humor, vivid details, and unexpected connections among characters. Both set their stories in cold climates, Hoeg in Scandinavia and Erdrich in North America. -- Katherine Johnson
Price, Reynolds, 1933-2011 — Both Erdrich and Price write compelling stories of love's ability to drive people apart as well as bring them together. Although Price's Southern settings are far removed from Erdrich's prairie, both authors feature a wide range of characters and twisting plots; families are often at the center of their stories. -- Shauna Griffin
Proulx, Annie — Like Louise Erdrich, Annie Proulx uses lyrical prose in writing about difficult lives. Her characters are often outsiders, and it is this apartness that drives their lives. Though less humorous than Erdrich's novels, Proulx's are compellingly told, while at times violent and often heartwrenching. -- Shauna Griffin
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 — Both Louise Erdrich and William Faulkner combine a supple, poetic writing style with vividly realized settings and unforgettable characters -- and both are known for creating fully realized communities. Both also frequently set up complex, interlocking narratives. -- Shauna Griffin

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