Spectres

Louise Erdrich’s ghost-filled novel
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January–February 2022, no. 439
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The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

Hachette, $32.99 pb, 386 pp

Spectres

Louise Erdrich’s ghost-filled novel
by
January–February 2022, no. 439
American author Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (photograph by Jenn Ackerman/HarperCollins)
American author Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (photograph by Jenn Ackerman/HarperCollins)

Edith Wharton, famed purveyor of ghost stories, said that she needed her reader to meet her halfway among the primeval shadows; that to believe in the fetches, haunts, and other ‘spectral strap-hangers’ that filled her pages one must still be able to hear the distant echo of the hoarse music of the northern Urwald or the churning darks seas of the outermost shores. The spectral presence in Louise Edrich’s new novel, The Sentence, appears in the midst of a decidedly unghostly suburban Minneapolis, but so compelling a presence is the phantasm of Flora that the reader embraces her wholeheartedly, diving without question into those primeval shadows where wraiths lurk.

Alice Nelson reviews 'The Sentence' by Louise Erdrich

The Sentence

by Louise Erdrich

Hachette, $32.99 pb, 386 pp

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