“We have survived the flu epidemic of 1918… but at last we will be destroyed by a collection of tedious words.” This is a thought from Thomas Wazhashk, the titular watchman of Louise Erdrich’s novel, and a member of the Chippewa tribe. The tedious words are congressional legislation that seeks to effectively end the existence of his tribe, something Thomas—modeled after Erdrich’s real-life grandfather, who helped stop such a bill in 1953—writes letters into the haunted night to try and prevent. Ultimately, Erdrich’s tale is as much about politics as it is about community. Between Thomas and his 19-year-old niece, Patrice—who heads to Minneapolis to track down her missing sister—as well Patrice’s mother and futile suitors, the author has once again etched indelible Indigenous characters into the U.S. literary landscape that for so long erased them.
- Zero-COVID Protests in China Have Rattled Global Markets
- Column: Diversity Initiatives Are Failing the U.S. Muslim Community
- Why European Countries Are Giving Teens Free Money To Spend on Books, Music, and Theater
- Republican Skepticism of Trump Has Never Been Higher
- Column: The U.S. Prison System Doesn't Value True Justice
- How Green Is the Qatar World Cup’s Outdoor AC?
- 16 Funny and Whimsical White Elephant Gifts Under $25
- The 5 Best New TV Shows Our Critic Watched in November 2022