EventsCocktails and Conversation BYO: The Night Watchman

Cocktails and Conversation BYO: The Night Watchman

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Description

Welcome back to Logan Square Branch's Cocktails and Conversation!  Our next book is Louise Erdrich's The Night Watchman. Books are available at the Logan Square Branch.

Erdrich's fiction has always been informed by her Anishinaabe roots, but this novel is truly personal. Drawing on her grandfather's letters, written while he was tribal chairman, Edrich re-creates a shameful chapter in America's history when Congress introduced a bill to terminate the treaty rights of Native tribes, which would force assimilation and pave the way for a land grab. Members of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa, led by the fictional Thomas Wazhushk, a night watchman at the local jewel-bearing plant, travel to Washington to protest. With him is his sharply observant niece Patrice Paranteau, who supports her family on wages from the plant yet yearns for an education and a future unfettered by men and babies. In Erdrich's hands, daily life on the reservation comes alive, the crushing poverty and lack of opportunity tempered by family cohesion and the wisdom of the elders. She acknowledges the scourge of alcoholism and exposes traffickers who prey on naive girls drawn to the cities. -Library Journal

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Suitable for:
Adults
Type:
Book Clubs
Language:
English

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