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The Painted Drum
The Painted Drum
Author: Louise Erdrich
ISBN-13: 9780060515119
ISBN-10: 0060515112
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 304
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 63 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
One of her best. It is a bit slow going in the first chapter, but qucikly picks up speed - fascinating story w. memorable characters
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Helpful Score: 4
Great discussion in our book group. Erdrich's characters are captivating. She is a wonderful storyteller.
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We begin and end with two women, mother and daughter, who appraise estates for a living. Daughter Faye finds an Ojibwe moose-skin and cedar drum and she recognizes it as something with a history and of value that cannot be bought. She decides to rescue it.

We then learn, bit by bit, how the drum came to be and how it figured in so many lives over time. The stories are told with the usual sensitivity and care that have come to characterize Louse Erdrich's writing. It is fulfilling and illuminating.
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Definitely one of her best. Very thought provoking.
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Interesting story!
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A great read!
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This is a softcover advanced reader's edition, it has some markings and a couple of typos which take nothing away from this wonderful book. The hard cover edition will be published in September. It is Louise Erdrich's newest book in the Native American series. If you have read any of her previous books in this series you already know what a treat it is to read her work. I loved this book.

If you select this book please read and repost or pass along to a friend as it is marked NOT FOR SALE and I would like that to be honored.
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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.
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