Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2003
CS ISBN $39.95 Eleven cassettes
Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s Ojibwa-German heritage lends an autobiographical flavor to the post-WWI saga of Fidelis Waldvogel (faithful forest bird). Fidelis, patterned after her grandfather, is a butcher with a beautiful singing voice. Erdrich narrates with expressive intimacy, bringing authenticity to the exceptional people who populate Argus, North Dakota. After Fidelis, with wife Eva, sets up a butcher shop and founds his cherished singing club, Eva meets and befriends Delphine Watzka. Delphine has returned to Argus to nurse her ailing alcoholic father. She had left years before and became a “human table” for a circus balancing act. It is Delphine and Eva’s friendship that forms the beating heart of the novel. A master storyteller, Erdrich creates charismatic characters, and her reading makes each distinctly memorable. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 03]
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