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Rated: E · Book · Writing · #2044345
Writing about what I have been reading and encountering in the media.
#985558 added June 12, 2020 at 11:49pm
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BOOK: The Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich
Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich, Harper Audio, 2017, narrated by the author, accessed on Audible.

This multilayered dystopian tale reminded me a tiny bit of A Handmaids Tale, only it did not lead to a simplistic ending. For this I am grateful. A young Ojibwe woman, who was raised by a white couple, is pregnant. The book is her journal written to her unborn child. The context is the USA with advanced global warming. This book looks at the situation of dramatic change from the complex perspective of this dual cultural woman. There are practical mysteries, like how did she come into the care of white parents, and spiritual mysteries including the young woman’s Ojibwe stepfather’s daily struggle with finding reasons to keep living. There is a threat to the child and the mother that she sees and knows nothing about. What she does know is that pregnancy has taken on a whole new meaning and she, with her unborn child, is in danger.

I read several reviews of this book. Reviewers either loved it or hated it with few in-between. The haters kept comparing it to A Handmaid’s Tale. This comparison seems to have totally undermined their enjoyment of the book. I don’t see much similarity except for the issue of reproduction in a collapsing society. I place myself in the category of a lover of this book. It never became simplistic or predictable, not even to the last ambiguous sentence. The characters have real depth. Relationships are complex and often surprising. It drew me in and kept me, but I wouldn’t call it a page-turner because taking time to savor this elegant prose and the underlying complexities make the reader want to stop and think. The narration was definitely an asset to enjoying this work.


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