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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

I'm nearly at the end of the 50 State Reading Challenge with just a few books to go. The Beet Queen is set in North Dakota.

Louise Erdrich quickly takes us into the world of two children whose mother abandons them. The 1930s were a tough time in America and none more so than for children who often found their childhood wrenched from them.

From the cover:
On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary look to their mother's sister for refuge. So begins an exhilarating forty year saga brimming with unforgettable characters: ordinary Mary, who causes a miracle; seductive Karl, who lacks Mary's gift for survival; Sita, their lovely, ambitious cousin; Wallace Pfef a town leader bearing a lonely secret and Celestine James, a mixed-blood Chippewa.

Book club reading guide here

1 comment:

Joanne said...

I've read a few of her works. She's an interesting writer.
Your 50 state tour has had quite a few good stops