By Louise Erdrich
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060935221, 240pp.)
Publication Date: July 2005
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After taking her mother's name, Four Souls, for strength, the strange, compelling Fleur Pillager walks from her Ojibwe reservation to the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. She seeks restitution from and revenge on the lumber baron who has stripped her reservation. But revenge is never simple, and her intentions are complicated by her dangerous compassion for the man who wronged her.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
Louise Erdrich lives with her family in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore. Ms. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and this storywhich will, in the end, span one hundred years in the life of an Ojibwe womanwas inspired when Ms. Erdrich and her mother, Rita Gourneau Erdrich, were researching their own family history. Chickadee begins a new part of the story that started with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist; The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; and the acclaimed The Porcupine Year.
Ms. Erdrich is also the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels for adults, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves and National Book Award finalist The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. She is also the author of the picture book Grandmother's Pigeon, illustrated by Jim LaMarche.
“Stunning flights of lyricism.”
-San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
“Powerful and haunting.”
-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“Vividly evoked …A welcome addition, then, to a uniquely enthralling and important American story.”
“Fleur’s story, along with comic subplots involving the narrators, is marked by imagery both poetic and moving.”
“Great originality and charm.”
“FOUR SOULS juxtaposes … the ribald and the elegiac.”