The Painted Drum: A Novel

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When a woman named Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn't surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. After all, the family descends from an Indian agent who worked on the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation that is home to her mother's family. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum -- a powerful yet delicate object, made from a massive moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar, ornamented with symbols she doesn't recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt -- especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound.

From Faye's discovery, we trace the drum's passage both backward and forward in time, from the reservation on the northern plains to New Hampshire and back. Through the voice of Bernard Shaawano, an Ojibwe, we hear how his grandfather fashioned the drum after years of mourning his young daughter's death, and how it changes the lives of those whose paths its crosses. And through Faye we hear of her anguished relationship with a local sculptor, who himself mourns the loss of a daughter, and of the life she has made alone with her mother, in the shadow of the death of Faye's sister.

Through these compelling voices, The Painted Drum explores the strange power that lost children exert on the memories of those they leave behind, and as the novel unfolds, its elegantly crafted narrative comes to embody the intricate, transformative rhythms of human grief. One finds throughout the grace and wit, the captivating prose and surprising beauty, that characterize Louise Erdrich's finest work.

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While appraising the estate of a New Hampshire family descended from a North Dakota Indian agent, Faye Travers is startled to discover a rare moose skin and cedar drum fashioned long ago by an Ojibwe artisan. And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time, following the strange passage of a powerful yet delicate instrument, and revealing the extraordinary lives it has touched and defined.

Compelling and unforgettable, Louise Erdrich's Painted Drum explores the often fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, the strength of family, and the intricate rhythms of grief with all the grace, wit, and startling beauty that characterizes this acclaimed author's finest work.

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Louise Erdrich lives with her family in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore. Ms. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and this story—which will, in the end, span one hundred years in the life of an Ojibwe woman—was inspired when Ms. Erdrich and her mother, Rita Gourneau Erdrich, were researching their own family history. Chickadee begins a new part of the story that started with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist; The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; and the acclaimed The Porcupine Year.

Ms. Erdrich is also the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels for adults, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves and National Book Award finalist The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. She is also the author of the picture book Grandmother's Pigeon, illustrated by Jim LaMarche.

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2006. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 229 x 163 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. When a woman named Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn t surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. After all, the family descends from an Indian agent who worked on the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation that is home to her mother s family. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum -- a powerful yet delicate object, made from a massive moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar, ornamented with symbols she doesn t recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt -- especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound. From Faye s discovery, we trace the drum s passage both backward and forward in time, from the reservation on the northern plains to New Hampshire and back. Through the voice of Bernard Shaawano, an Ojibwe, we hear how his grandfather fashioned the drum after years of mourning his young daughter s death, and how it changes the lives of those whose paths its crosses. And through Faye we hear of her anguished relationship with a local sculptor, who himself mourns the loss of a daughter, and of the life she has made alone with her mother, in the shadow of the death of Faye s sister. Through these compelling voices, The Painted Drum explores the strange power that lost children exert on the memories of those they leave behind, and as the novel unfolds, its elegantly crafted narrative comes to embody the intricate, transformative rhythms of human grief. One finds throughout the grace and wit, the captivating prose and surprising beauty, that characterize Louise Erdrich s finest work. Bookseller Inventory # NLF9780060515102

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Book Description HarperCollins, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 2005. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 1st Impression. New in new DJ covered by Brodart. Signed by author on special publisher bound in sheet. May be lightly bumped compliments of 'the boys in brown' from shipping to me. Purchased directly from publisher. Signature guarateed. Pictures at abnormalbooks dot com. Erdrich also won the 1998 World Fantasy Award Winner-Best Novel for her 'Antelope Wife'. FROM THE CRITICS Publishers Weekly Though Erdrich's latest lyrical novel returns to Ojibwe territory (Four Souls; Love Medicine, etc.), it departs from the concentrated vigor of her best work in its breadth of storytelling. Erdrich essays the grief that comes when the sins of parents become mortal for their children. Native American antiquities specialist Faye Travers, bereaved of her sister and father, ambivalently in love with a sculptor who has lost his wife and loses his daughter, stumbles onto a ceremonial drum when she handles the estate of John Jewett Tatro, whose grandfather was an agent at the Ojibwe reservation. Under its spell, she secrets it away and eventually repatriates it to that reservation on the northern plains-the home of her grandmother. The drum is revived, as are those around it. Gracefully weaving many threads, Erdrich details the multigenerational history surrounding the drum. Despite her elegant story and luminous prose, many of the characters feel sketchy compared to Erdrich's previous titans, and several redemptions seem too pat. But even at low voltage, Erdrich crafts a provocative read elevated by beautiful imagery, as when children near death fly off like skeletal ravens. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. Library Journal At the heart of Erdrich's new work is a massive, heavily ornamented drum. Faye Travers, who steals it from an estate she's called in to appraise, can hear it without touching it. As Faye and her mother track down the drum's history, they uncover the early years of Fleur Pillager, an enduring character in the Erdrich pantheon (e.g., Tracks). On a North Dakota reservation, Bernard Shaawano explains how his grandmother, Anaquot, abandoned her family for love of Simon Jack, taking the infant Fleur with her; Anaquot's older daughter is thrown (or throws herself) to the wolves following the wagon. Through a vision, Bernard's grieving grandfather learns that his task is to construct the drum. And a powerful drum it is-Simon Jack drops dead as he dances around it the wrong way-but the story is not quite so powerful. Its parts do not hang together easily, and those set in the present don't seem to engage Erdrich's formidable imagination. But passages of stark and painful beauty remain: the sacrifice of Anaquot's daughter, Anaquot's sly dealings with her lover's wife, Simon Jack's death. They may not be enough to hold everyone, but they will certainly hold Erdrich fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/05.]-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information. Kirkus Reviews The eponymous Native American object vibrates powerfully-as both instrument and symbol-in this tenth volume in Erdrich's epic Ojibwe saga. The drum is found, in a New Hampshire farmhouse following a sudden death, by Faye Travers, a middleaged divorcee of mixed ethnic origin, whose complicated personal life dominates the novel's expository opening section. She's a former drug user, now living with her mother Elsie and sharing the duties of Elsie's "estates business"; the lover of a moody German sculptor, and an assiduous observer and considerer of birds, other natural phenomena and persistent memories of her younger sister Netta's accidental death in childhood. Reasoning that the drum-found among a white family's possessions-was "stolen from our own people," Faye absconds with it, then travels west with Elsie to the Ojibwe reservation to which they'll return it. The drum then "tells" its story, in three interconnected narratives. The first details the sundering of "old Shaawano's" family when his wife Anaquot, "burning" with love for another man, fle. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 190825

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