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THIS is what Louise Erdrich does....
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2020
I love great storytellers like Louise Erdrich, but they are few and far between. A good book is often quickly forgotten, and a great book lingers in the heart and mind for a lifetime. The Night Watchman is a great book. The story of Thomas “Muskrat” Wazhashk and the story of the Turtle Mountain People during the 1950’s, one of many times the United States government attempted to renege on its treaties and steal Native land is, at once, heart-wrenching, heartwarming, and powerfully life affirming.
In the early part of this tale, readers will come upon a seemingly innocuous mention of Thomas Wazhashk’s family quilt. Immediately thereafter, the wonder of many lifetimes flows out as one of the most inspiringly beautiful passages I have ever read in my 69 years on this planet. Then, of course, just as when I read The Round House many years ago, Louise Erdrich follows with so many equally powerful passages that remind us why her books linger in the heart and mind for so long.