Shadow Tag: A Novel

Paperback | February 1, 2011

byLouise Erdrich

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Shadow Tag is a stunning tour-de-force from Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of The Plague of Doves and National Book Award-winner The Round House. When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red Diary—hidden where Gil will find it—into a manipulative charade. As Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children, their home becomes a place of increasing violence and secrecy. And Irene drifts into alcoholism, moving ever closer to the ultimate destruction of a relationship filled with shadowy need and strange ironies.

Alternating between Irene's twin journals and an unflinching third-person narrative, Louise Erdrich's Shadow Tag fearlessly explores the complex nature of love, the fluid boundaries of identity, and the anatomy of one family's struggle for survival and redemption.

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Shadow Tag is a stunning tour-de-force from Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of The Plague of Doves and National Book Award-winner The Round House. When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the...

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When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red Diary—hidden where Gil will find it—into a manipulative charade. As Irene and Gil fight to keep ...

Louise Erdrich is the author of fourteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, short stories, children's books, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novelThe Round Housewon the 2012 National Book Award. She lives in Minnesota, where she owns the bookstore Birchbark Books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:February 1, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780061536106

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of the Shadows Louise Erdrich: Shadow Tag. I haven’t been reading Louise Erdrich now for several years. So, when I took on Shadow Tag, I was extremely surprised. The work is short, deeply philosophical, unbearably moving, and very, very sad. It is about “how hard it is to be a human” to quote little Stoney from the book. An elegant book about love, jealousy, and the impossibility of separation or having the ability to forget, forgive, and start again. Life is too short, and if we spent most of it in a belief that everything is all right then would be too tiring to realize that every moment matters, a happy end is not guaranteed and one must never stop trying. Among other things it is a book about parenthood, children and the human heart. That the heroes are Native Americans is just by the way.
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“Into this deeply personal novel about marriage, family and individual identity, Erdrich weaves broader questions about cause and effect in history...A small masterpiece of compelling, painfully moving fiction.”