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Tales of Burning Love: A Novel Paperback – April 23, 2013

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“Romantic love, religious ecstasy, the strange mixture of devotion and misunderstanding that runs through families—all are steeped together. The result is a rich and fragrant infusion. . . . [Written] with great poignancy and charm. . . . Ms. Erdrich’s saints are nearly as lively as her sinners, and that’s a real achievement.” — New York Times Book Review

“Erdrich returns to the somber and beautiful landscape she has created, a landscape more and more richly populated with each book.” — Washington Post Book World

“Few modern American writers can equal Louise Erdrich for sheer stylistic brilliance. Tales of Burning Love is an enormously enjoyable book, alive with fascinating and engaging characters, full of love in all its twangy, passionate, and ridiculous excesses.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

"Her most daring and perhaps her most compelling....A wise, wonderful, and wickedly funny novel." — Booklist

“One of her most compulsively readable books—a tale of wild romance and crazy fate that unspools like a quirky road movie.” — Chicago Sun-Times

“Erdrich’s finest novel in years....Shockingly beautiful prose.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“When was the last time you read a book that was equally generous to women and men? A book that made you want to round up all the lovers you’d ever treated badly and show them the kindness they truly deserved? If you’ve craved such a book, spend a few nights with Louise Erdrich’s Tales of Burning Love.” — Boston Sunday Globe

“A triumph....[She] compels her characters to plumb the depths of human nature through storytelling.” — Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The sensation of intimacy this type of writing creates cannot be overestimated. It feels right, therefore, to describe this novel not in terms of literature but companionship: a comfortable, humorous and generous work.” — Chicago Tribune

“Masterful....Tales of Burning Love is a bright, loud book.” — Harper's Bazaar

“This novel is sensual, romantic, funny and wrapped in a world of snow and fire that is as irresistible as Jack himself.” — Arizona Republic

Tales of Burning Love blazes with Erdrich’s insights about the nature of love, the force of passion. Realistic and yet romantic, it’s a novel to melt the hardest of hearts.” — Orlando Sentinel

From the Back Cover

Five very different women have married Jack Mauser, a charming, infuriating schemer whose passions never survive the long haul. Now, stranded in a North Dakota blizzard, they have come face-to-face—and each has an astonishing story to tell. Huddling for warmth, they pass the endless night by remembering the stories of how each came to love, marry, and ultimately move beyond Jack. At times painful, at times heartbreaking, and oftentimes comic, their tales become the adhesive that holds them together—in their love for Jack and in their lives as women.

With her characteristic powers of observation and luminescent prose, Louise Erdrich brings these women's unforgettable tales to life in a tour de force from one of the most formidable American writers at work today.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0061767999
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (April 23, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 496 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780061767999
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0061767999
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 1.4 x 5.3 x 7.9 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 101 ratings

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Louise Erdrich is one of the most gifted, prolific, and challenging of American novelists. Her fiction reflects aspects of her mixed heritage: German through her father, and French and Ojibwa through her mother. She is the author of many novels, the first of which, Love Medicine, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the last of which, The Round House, won the National Book Award for Fiction in 2012. She lives in Minnesota.

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