The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: A Novel

4.18 avg rating
( 8,536 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780061577628: The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: A Novel
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A New York Times Notable Book

For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved Native American tribe, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety, but these facts are bound up in his own secret. He is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything . . . or manufacture a protective history for Leopolda, though he believes her wonder-working is motivated solely by evil?

In a masterwork that both deepens and enlarges the world of her previous novels set on the same reservation, Louise Erdrich captures the essence of a time and the spirit of a woman who felt compelled by her beliefs to serve her people as a priest. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse is a work of an avid heart, a writer's writer, and a storytelling genius.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Over the course of 13 years and five novels, Louise Erdrich has staked out a richly imagined corner of North Dakota soil--her own Yoknapatawpha, where every character is connected to every other and nothing can be said to happen for the first time. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse is no exception. The report in question comes from Father Damien Modeste, who has served the Ojibwe through a century of famine, epidemics, murders, and feuds. But the good priest is not what he appears. The prologue ends with the curiously beautiful image of the old man slowly removing heavy robes, undergarments, and, at last, a bandage wound tightly around women's breasts: "small, withered, modest as folded flowers."

How--and why--could such a deception last so long? That's the first mystery. The second begins when Father Jude Miller (a name familiar to readers of The Beet Queen) arrives to investigate the life of Sister Leopolda (or Pauline Puyat, another familiar name). Was Leopolda a saint? Or its opposite, whatever that is? Miracles, after all, are a part of the reservation's everyday life; for every nun's stigmata there's a secular wonder like the death of Nanapush. Indeed, the chapter detailing this old trickster's demise is the kind of earthy, tragicomic fable Erdrich does to perfection, including as it does an extended trial by moose, death by flatulence, and not one but two lustful resurrections.

Erdrich's writing is at its best when she chronicles the bittersweet humor of reservation life. It's at its worst, sadly, when she cranks up the fog machine and goes for the violins. ("He had the odd sensation that petals drifted in the air between them, petals of a fragrant and papery citrus velvet," she tells us, telegraphing Father Jude's attraction to a woman.) But at least the book's sins are sins of ambition--this is a novelist who revisits the same territory because the capaciousness of her vision demands it. Readers may forgive Erdrich's vagueness about Father Damien's religious calling, but they will never forget her images, as lovely and surprising as figures glimpsed in a dream: the devil in the shape of a black dog, his paw in a bowl of soup; freshly planted pansies, nodding at the priests' feet "like the faces of spoiled babies"; a woman in a billowing white nightdress riding a grand piano through the "gray soup" of a flood. Moments like these are small miracles of their own. --Mary Park

About the Author:

Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780060187279: The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: A Novel

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0060187271 ISBN 13:  9780060187279
Publisher: Harper, 2001
Hardcover

9780060931223: The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: A Novel

Harper..., 2002
Softcover

9780007136353: The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

Flamingo, 2002
Softcover

9780786235209: The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

Thornd..., 2001
Hardcover

9780007136346: The Last Report on the Miracles

Flamin..., 2002
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Erdrich, Louise
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Fairview Books
(Southfield, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New Book. Seller Inventory # 0061577626-RYX

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.51
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Erdrich, Louise
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # VC-9780061577628

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 7.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Erdrich, Louise
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2009. PAP. Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IB-9780061577628

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Erdrich, Louise
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0061577626

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.30
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Erdrich, Louise
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0061577626. Seller Inventory # Z0061577626ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Erdrich, Louise
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0061577626. Seller Inventory # Z0061577626ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Erdrich, Louise
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0061577626. Seller Inventory # Z0061577626ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Erdrich, Louise
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Best Bates
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0061577626. Seller Inventory # Z0061577626ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Erdrich, Louise
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0061577626. Seller Inventory # Z0061577626ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Erdrich, Louise
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0061577626 ISBN 13: 9780061577628
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0061577626. Seller Inventory # Z0061577626ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book