Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (February 1, 2011)
When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red Diary—hidden where Gil will find it—into a manipulative charade. As Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children, their home becomes a place of increasing violence and secrecy. And Irene drifts into alcoholism, moving ever closer to the ultimate destruction of a relationship filled with shadowy need and strange ironies.
Alternating between Irene’s twin journals and an unflinching third-person narrative, Louise Erdrich’s Shadow Tag fearlessly explores the complex nature of love, the fluid boundaries of identity, and the anatomy of one family’s struggle for survival and redemption.
Louise Erdrich is the author of thirteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel Love Medicine won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse was a finalist for the National Book Award. Most recently, The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Louise Erdrich lives in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore.
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Wednesday, February 2nd: Book Snob
Thursday, February 3rd: nomadreader
Monday, February 7th: Life Is A Patchwork Quilt
Thursday, February 10th: Peeking Between the Pages
Tuesday, February 15th: Colloquium
Thursday, February 17th: Book Addiction
Monday, February 21st: In the Next Room
Thursday, February 24th: The Book Faery Reviews
Friday, February 25th: Caribousmom
Monday, February 28th: Teresa’s Reading Corner
Tuesday, March 1st: Scraps of Life
Wednesday, March 2nd: Tina’s Book Reviews
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