The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman

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It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an 'emancipation' bill; but it isn't about freedom - it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity. How can he fight this betrayal? Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Pixie - 'Patrice' - Paranteau has no desire to wear herself down on a husband and kids. She works at the factory, earning barely enough to support her mother and brother, let alone her alcoholic father who sometimes returns home to bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to get if she's ever going to get to Minnesota to find her missing sister Vera. In The Night Watchman multi-award winning author Louise Erdrich weaves together a story of past and future generations, of preservation and progress. She grapples with the worst and best impulses of human nature, illuminating the loves and lives, desires and ambitions of her characters with compassion, wit and intelligence.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062671189
Branch Call Number: F ERDRICH
Characteristics: 451 pages ; 24 cm


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May 20, 2020

Sierra club recommendation.

Apr 17, 2020

Like all of Erdrich's novels, this one is written from the perspective of the whole community. I appreciated learning more about the Termination Bill in the 1950s by which the federal government severed its responsibilities to 113 tribes and seized 4.1 million acres of indigenous land. Disturbingly and unbelievably, the current administration is taking it up again. The story is well told and Erdrich's grandfather was a remarkable human being.

Apr 15, 2020

This book is a must read. Erdrich combines history and personal stories of the Turtle Mountain Indians who, in the 50's, were working to survive in a time when rights are being taken away and replaced with the expectations of the new white America. The author has a way of conveying relationship nuance and cultural habits of a community that brings the reader into the experience. I didn't know 'til the end that it was written about her grandfather.

janefmooradian Apr 06, 2020

Any fan of Louise Erdrich should be thrilled with her new story. If you've never read a book of hers, this one may have you checking out more. It's a fictionalized account of the fairly recent attempt by the government to exterminate many native nations and the author's humble grandfather who successfully saves the day. Mixed in the the events are a cast of vividly drawn characters dealing with he challenges of reservation life who feel like friends by the end of the story. Uplifting!

Mar 22, 2020

As Erdrich says in her afterword, “If you should ever doubt that a series of dry words in a government document can shatter spirits and demolish lives, let this book erase that doubt. Conversely, if you should be of the conviction that we are powerless to change those dry words, let this book give you heart.” Based on her grandfather, this is the story of a Chippewa man who used his boarding school education to fight for the rights of his people. As in other Erdrich stories there is a central story but its also filled with stories of others. For example, Pixie, who is related to Thomas, the night watchman is searching for her sister who was abducted and left her baby alone in a drug filled home. Erdrich shows her skill in weaving an entire solar system of slightly wacky characters among the pages of her book.

Feb 25, 2020

I want to request The Night Watchman by L Erdrich on my kindle but it says it is not a choice. even tho it says it is an ebook choice. Please respond.


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