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Publisher's Summary

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. 

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©2021 Louise Erdrich (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Addictive and surprising

The narrator's speed did throw me off at first, but 1.2X was perfect. I thought this would take me a week to get through, but I finished it in one day. I kept coming up with more things to cook, so I could keep listening, and now I have a week's worth of meals in the freezer. A very engaging book!

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I’m sorry to say….

I love this author and have read many , many of her books. Unfortunately, the author narration of this book is distracting. Her voice, lovely and somewhat whispery, does not match the edgy main character persona. This book would be better read in print.

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Is this fiction or not?

I thought it was going to be more focused on the haunted bookstore but instead the story went into a different direction half way through that brought covid and the protests into it. OF ALL THINGS, DO NOT BRING THIS CRAP INTO A "FICTION" BOOK. If it was the last thing to read about in the world I wouldn't want to read it because I'm so sick to death of it. The author clearly wanted to vent her opinions about 2020 but she could have put it somewhere else. What a way to get people to buy your book and then cast a downward spiral right in the middle of it. I'm returning for my credit and will not be finishing. I dont know how this is a best seller right now. This could have been so much better because I liked the native story when it first started.

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Thought Provoking & Beautiful

This is easily the best book I've read in the last several years. It is beautifully written and narrated and leaves the reader with much to think about. I cannot recommend it enough.

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Brillant

This is a ghost story and the ghost is the pandemic and regrets, things we should not have done and things we havent said. It is also a profoundly beautifully written at a life both lived and examied. For book lovers there are also wonderful book recommendations scattered throughout like desert!

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There is nothing as satisfying as Louise narrating

As a Minneapolis person whose neighborhood was torched, this remarkable story was even more powerful.

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Enraptured

I couldn’t put this book down. I was breathless with laughter or fear so many times during the reading. What a year, what a novel!

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Eloquent on 2020’s struggles

Erdrich sets individuals’ addictions, lives, & betrayals within last year’s context of pre-vaccine lockdown & BLM protests. Loved every page.

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Not much of a Ghost story

Simple stuff all told in monotone. Needed to make me relieve Floyd, BLM and Covid. Nowhere to escape except into the ghost story which is told spatially throughout the novel. Really did not need to relive the drama of 2020.

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What amazing story…loved it

I am new to Louise Erdrich so I did not know what to expect. The beginning had me questioning whether I should hang in there but I committed to the story at ‘death by paper’ and I never looked back. Such a wonderful story. I have recommended this book to every friend I have who read for the pure enjoyment of the words that are strung into sentences. Ms Erdrich is a master at finding the best words to join to make the best sentences. I listened to this book via audiobook. Louise does an amazing and enchanting reading of her novel. Completely seductive.

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