The Painted Drum

Louise Erdrich (Author)


"Haunted and haunting. . . . With fearlessness and humility, in a narrative that flows more artfully than ever between destruction and rebirth, Erdrich has opened herself to possibilities beyond what we merely see--to the dead alive and busy, to the breath of trees and the souls of wolves--and inspires readers to open their hearts to these mysteries as well."-- Washington Post Book World

From the author of the National Book Award Winner The Round House, Louise Erdrich's breathtaking, lyrical novel of a priceless Ojibwe artifact and the effect it has had on those who have come into contact with it over the years.

While appraising the estate of a New Hampshire family descended from a North Dakota Indian agent, Faye Travers is startled to discover a rare moose skin and cedar drum fashioned long ago by an Ojibwe artisan. And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time, following the strange passage of a powerful yet delicate instrument, and revealing the extraordinary lives it has touched and defined.

Compelling and unforgettable, Louise Erdrich's Painted Drum explores the often-fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, the strength of family, and the intricate rhythms of grief with all the grace, wit, and startling beauty that characterizes this acclaimed author's finest work.

--Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

$16.98  $15.62
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
August 22, 2006
5.36 X 0.73 X 8.02 inches | 0.52 pounds
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About the Author

Louise Erdrich est nee en 1954 dans le Dakota. D'origine germano-americaine et amerindienne, elle est l'une des grandes voix de la nouvelle litterature indienne d'outre-Atlantique. Auteur de L'Epouse antilope, de La Chorale des maitres bouchers ou encore de Ce qui a devore nos coeurs, elle est souvent comparee a William Faulkner et a Toni Morrison. Louise Erdrich vit aujourd'hui dans le Minnesota.


"This is her best book yet."--Providence Journal
"This is simply a good book... Neatly etched characters, finely calibrated prose, and flashes of wisdom and wit throughout."--Christian Science Monitor
"Haunted and haunting... With fearlessness and humility... [Erdrich] inspires readers to open their hearts."--Washington Post Book World
"Complex and graceful . . . Her most recent work shows Erdrich only becoming better with time."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Erdrich soars in scenes that are resonant, poetic and exact, visions that will remain imprinted on the reader's mind."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Erdrich at her most accomplished. . . . Startling imagery and remarkable insights into love, foolishness, bravery and betrayal."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"A brilliant creation: it possesses the instantly persuasive strangeness of something faithful to life."--New York Times Book Review
"A lovely addition . . . to a growing landscape as memorable and enduring as William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"One of her best novels... Erdrich's writing has become richer, her voice wiser... She shies away from nothing."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A top-notch read and one of her finest efforts."--Denver Post