A Plague of Doves – Louise Erdrich

It’s about the brutal murder of a white family in the fictional town of Pluto, North Dakota, and the only survivor was a baby girl.  Three Ojibwe men are wrongfully convicted and hanged for the crime. The murders and lynchings affect the entire community of white and mixed-blood residents of Pluto for generations.  The story is tragic, but the storytelling is in parts comical and poetic.  I found the characters very believable, almost alive, so it’s very easy to empathise with them. Although the lynching happened in the past, it’s still a living memory for the characters and shapes their life and how they feel in the present. The writing is so evocative that you feel as if you are there as both the past and present events take place. (submitted by RB)

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