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The plague of doves
Louise Erdrich
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Erdrich's 13th novel, a multigenerational tour de force of sin, redemption, murder and vengeance, finds its roots in the 1911 slaughter of a farming family near Pluto, N.Dak. The family's infant daughter is spared, and a posse forms, incorrectly blames three Indians and lynches them. One, Mooshum Milk, miraculously survives. Over the next century, descendants of both the hanged men and the lynch mob develop relationships that become deeply entangled, and their disparate stories are held together via principal narrator Evelina, Mooshum Milk's granddaughter, who comes of age on an Indian reservation near Pluto in the 1960s and '70s and forms two fateful adolescent crushes: one on bad-boy schoolmate Corwin Peace and one on a nun. Though Evelina doesn't know it, both are descendants of lynch mob members. The plot splinters as Evelina enrolls in college and finds work at a mental asylum; Corwin spirals into a life of crime; and a long-lost violin (its backstory is another beautiful piece of the mosaic) takes on massive significance. Erdrich plays individual narratives off one another, dropping apparently insignificant clues that build to head-slapping revelations as fates intertwine and the person responsible for the 1911 killing is identified. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This 13th novel by National Book Critics Circle Award winner Erdrich is set in the fictional town of Pluto, ND, and takes place following the 1911 massacre of five members of a white family. The reading is exceptional: actress Kathleen McInerney gives each of the female characters a distinctive, identifiable voice, while actor Peter Francis James takes the character of Judge Coutts from boyhood through old age with an amazing change in tone and richness. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. [With tracks every three minutes for bookmarking; the Harper hc, released in May, received a starred review, LJ 2/15/08.--Ed.]--Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Grandfather survived a lynch mob after being accused of murdering a farm family; grew up on a reservation; had a crush on a bad-boy schoolmate and on a nun; attended college; works at a mental institution.

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