The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

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March 2020, no. 419
Beejay Silcox reviews 'The Night Watchman' by Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman

by Louise Erdrich

Corsair, $28.99 pb, 464 pp

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

by
March 2020, no. 419

‘If you should ever doubt that a series of dry words in a government document can shatter spirits and demolish lives, let this book erase that doubt. Conversely if you should be of the conviction that we are powerless to change those dry words, let this book give you heart’

Louise Erdrich

 

Louise Erdrich would never write again. The National Book Award-winning author was bereft of ideas and exhausted by a tenacious winter virus. She surrendered to sleep, heavy with the certainty that her literary career was over. ‘Hours later, I was jolted awake by some mysterious flow of information,’ Erdrich explains in the afterword of her new novel, The Night Watchman, a glorious rebuke to her fever-addled defeatism. A message beat in her brain: go back to the beginning. ‘I made myself a shaky cup of tea,’ she writes, ‘and then, as I’ve done so many times in my life, I began to read letters written the year I was born, my grandfather’s letters.’

Beejay Silcox reviews 'The Night Watchman' by Louise Erdrich

The Night Watchman

by Louise Erdrich

Corsair, $28.99 pb, 464 pp

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