The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

£20.00

Bookseller Review by Elle:

A ghost story set in an independent bookshop in Minneapolis that chronicles the real-life harrowing events of 2020, including George Floyd’s murder and the pandemic. Gripping, profound, and clever. One for book lovers – Erdrich perfectly encapsulates working in a bookshop and throws in so many literary gems! 

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WINNER OF THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2022

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.