Future Home Of The Living God: A Novel by Louise ErdrichFuture Home Of The Living God: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

Future Home Of The Living God: A Novel

byLouise Erdrich

Paperback | November 14, 2017

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2017

Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity.

There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

Karen Louise Erdrich was born on June 7, 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota. Erdrich grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota, where both of her parents were employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Erdrich graduated from Dartmouth College in 1976 with an AB degree, and she received a Mas...
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Title:Future Home Of The Living God: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.72 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok read This is a genre that I have always enjoyed, but this book left me wanting more or confused at many points. Like others have said, I wanted more information on the reverse evolutionary process that was happening. The writing style wasn't exactly my cup of tea either. But as I kept at it, the book did get much more entertaining.
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope I went into this book thinking I was going to read about a cruel, dystopian world where women gave birth to primitive forms of humans and the future of the human population was at risk. I thought we were going to read about female agency, question the precariousness of freedom, and who is considered to be a citizen whose rights will be protected. This book gets compared a lot to The Handmaiden's Tale but what that book did better was that it followed a character in an established dystopian society. Future Home of the Living God suffered because it occurred at the beginning of the dystopian society where I personally felt like the shift in government control occurred too rapidly. And weirdly.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Dystopian Story It’s been a while since I’ve read a good dystopian book, and Future Home of the Living God was an entertaining and disturbing foray back to the genre. It starts with Cedar heading off to meet her Ojibwe birth parents, Sweetie and Eddy. She is initially resistant to their caring, armed with questions about why they weren’t able to keep her. Cedar is pregnant and we know she is nervous to tell her birth parents, but at this point we don’t know why. Though part 1 feels a bit disjointed from the rest of the book, Sweetie and Eddy (along with Cedar’s adopted parents) become pivotal characters later on. We soon learn that pregnant women are being captured, and Cedar must do her best to keep her growing baby from becoming visible. Cedar’s boyfriend, Glen, helps to keep her hidden but she is ultimately captured. I loved everything that happened after Cedar is captured – it’s exactly what you’d want out of a dystopian story. However, there is a lack of detail that could have taken this book over the top; we know that evolution has stopped, or is possibly moving backwards and I wanted more from this. There is one scene in which Cedar believes she sees a saber-tooth that is fantastic and a clear indication that the world is moving backwards, but it’s the only moment that is this explicit. The reverse-evolutionary theme never fully pulls through. While I enjoyed this story, it was very difficult to ignore the clear influence of The Handmaid’s Tale – so much of this book felt all too familiar, especially the ending. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, just worth noting. Overall, I really enjoyed this book – Erdrich is a unique storyteller with a passionate voice, and I can feel the significance of this work to her within its pages. In a world in which bodily agency is under attack, can we truly move forward?
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale. There are some definite similarities, although this is a unique and strong story all on its own!
Date published: 2017-12-03

Editorial Reviews

“[Erdrich] once again proves her talent for narrating a profound and compelling story.”