The Plague of Doves – Louise Erdrich

In the early 1900’s a murder takes place near a small town on the outskirts of a native reservation in North Dakota.

The place seperated by white / native families have been devastated by not only the murders that have taken place, but also of the lynching of native people.

During the later generations and history of the town, the descendants inter marry, but the past always haunts to people living there.

Told by different perspectives on both sides gives you the portrait of the prejudices, problems, the weight of the injustices that happen.

Inexplicably complex and at times wrenching as the characters tell their stories, this book was one that I will not forget for a long time.  It had me engrossed into the historical aspect as it did the intricate personal backgrounds as it all intertwined and came apart once again.

I was patiently waiting for the end of the book, waiting for all to be revealed – the genealogical aspects of the town, who married whom, as well as a few surprises that I did not imagine happen.  I felt as surprised as I was because the author wrote with such informality as how the characters are related to one another whether by blood or incidents happening in the small town.

Intriguingly so…

This is the first book I have read for the IMPAC Reading Challenge by HarperCollins Canada


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