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The Sentence (MP3 CD)
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Tookie, a take-no-crap bookseller, is being haunted by an annoying customer's ghost as March 2020 moves her, her family, the bookstore, Minneapolis and the world into a new whole new stage - including the reappearance of her step daughter with a baby in tow. Erdrich uses a light touch to decribe Tookie's struggle to come to terms with the ghosts of history, personal and generational trauma, and the effects of the pandemic and the protests.— Nancy
In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman's relentless errors.
Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book. A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading with murderous attention, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.
The Sentence begins on All Souls' Day 2019 and ends on All Souls' Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.
Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.