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The Beet Queen
The Beet Queen
Author: Louise Erdrich
Now, from the award-winning author of Love Medicine,  comes a vibrant tale of abandonment and sexual obsession, jealousy and unstinting love. On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary look for refuge to their mother's sister Fritz...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553347234
ISBN-10: 0553347233
Publication Date: 8/1/1989
Pages: 360
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 31 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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fullybooked avatar reviewed The Beet Queen on + 61 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
After reading and thoroughly enjoying Erdrich's "Master Butcher's Singing Club," I picked up this book with high expectations. I was disappointed and found the story to all be a bit strange...
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Helpful Score: 2
Terrific read especially if love family sagas and relationships. The characters run in and out of your mind - sometimes likeable, sometimes not. Erdrich has a knack for making her people incredibly human. This is a little bit of everything - abandonment, friendship, love, narcissim, greed. Lots of riveting sibling animosity flying around here....very very well done. Bravo!
maggieblue avatar reviewed The Beet Queen on + 37 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
One of the best books I\'ve ever read! It sticks with you - this one lady is a butcher. How does a butcher find a mate? It\'s tough, but she manages. Very interesting characters. Well written. Reads fast. (I\'ve read it twice.)
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Helpful Score: 2
Full of unique characters and complicated relationships that make for a sad/funny family story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Per New York Times, \"A remarkable and luminous novel.\"
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britchick avatar reviewed The Beet Queen on + 2 more book reviews
This book was a refreshing change. It was entertaining and moved along at quite a pace. A wonderful story. Thoroughly enjoyable.
mosquitoburrito avatar reviewed The Beet Queen on
Another great text from Louise Erdrich that explores the complexity of not-so-traditional families. I personally like Love Medicine more as I felt those characters were more fascinating and hard to read, but The Beet Queen is a great cross-generational examination of family dynamics. A good read for a mother/ teenage daughter who may not be seeing eye to eye.
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I really enjoyed this book. When I received it this time, I realized I had read it years ago, but that did not dim the pleasure of reading it this time... it is a little bit quirky.