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The Sentence (Compact Disc)

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Reading this right now, while we are still immersed in both the waves of COVID and the challenges of finding a new path in the wake of the murder of George Floyd might be difficult. Okay, definitely difficult, but Erdrich takes the trauma of November 2019 – November 2020 and breathes it onto these pages like a balm: “Yes, that is what it felt like, I remember, and I was not, am not alone.” Woven into that global story with humor and love is the tale of a desperate ghost who never knew when to leave, a love story built with strength, humor and flexibility, and that awe of the power of books that permeates indie bookstores. Erdrich waves her literary wand to reveal the magic inherent in even the most difficult of realities.

— Linda


In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman's relentless errors.

Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading with murderous attention, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

The Sentence begins on All Souls' Day 2019 and ends on All Souls' Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798200879861
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Language: English