Join Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich for a virtual celebration of her newest novel, The Sentence - described as "a staggering addition to Erdrich's already impressive body of work" by BookPage. Louise will be joined in conversation by Ann Patchett! Each ticket includes one copy of the book and a single-use login for the event.
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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.
Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, is the author of many novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. Love Medicine, and LaRose received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Erdrich lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. Her most recent book, The Night Watchman, won the Pulitzer Prize. A ghost lives in her creaky old house.
Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels, four works of nonfiction, and one children’s book. Her books have been both New York Times Notable Books and New York Times bestsellers. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: the PEN/Faulkner Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and the Women’s National Book Association’s Award. In November 2011, Ann opened Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee with her business partner Karen Hayes. Ann lives in Nashville with her husband Karl and their dog Sparky.