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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction 2021.

New York Times best seller.

It is 1953. Thomas Wazhushk is the night watchman at the first factory to open near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a prominent Chippewa Council member, trying to understand a new bill that is soon to be put before Congress. The US Government calls it an 'emancipation' bill but it isn't about freedom - it threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land, their very identity. How can he fight this betrayal?

Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Pixie - 'Patrice' - Paranteau has no desire to wear herself down on a husband and kids. She works at the factory, earning barely enough to support her mother and brother, let alone her alcoholic father who sometimes returns home to bully her for money. But Patrice needs every penny to get if she's ever going to get to Minnesota to find her missing sister Vera. 

In The Night Watchman multi-award-winning author Louise Erdrich weaves together a story of past and future generations, of preservation and progress. She grapples with the worst and best impulses of human nature, illuminating the loves and lives, desires and ambitions of her characters with compassion, wit and intelligence.

©2020 Louise Erdrich (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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My favourite read of 2022

Best book I’ve listened to in many years . A master storyteller and an interesting background

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Excellent story beautifully told

A book I didn't want to end! Fascinating look at a heart wrenching hidden history.

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Outstanding

January 2022 isn’t over but I don’t expect to read or hear a finer book this year.
Louise Erdrich’s reading of her own factionalised family story is suffused with her personal investment and brings a dimension surpassing even the greatest actors,
In the meantime I’m going to miss the company of Thomas, Patrice, Wood Mountain,Millie and the whole community that Louise Erdrich has conjured back to life. Louise, if you happen to read this, thank you.

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Tapestry of history

This extraordinary novel is based on a true story and is a must read for everyone. A rich dive into the culture and history of this group of native Americans so many of us know little about.