The Bingo Palace: A Novel by Louise ErdrichThe Bingo Palace: A Novel by Louise Erdrich

The Bingo Palace: A Novel

byLouise Erdrich

Paperback | June 13, 2017

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From award-winning New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich comes this novel of spiritual death, lyrical prose, and wild hope: a striking, luminous chapter in Erdrich’s Ojibwe saga.

At the crossroads of his life, Lipsha Morrissey is summoned by his grandmother to return to the reservation. There, he falls in love for the very first time—with the beautiful Shawnee Ray, who’s already considering a marriage proposal from Lipsha’s wealthy entrepreneurial boss, Lyman Lamartine. But when all efforts to win Shawnee’s affections go hopelessly awry, Lipsha seeks out his great-grandmother for a magical solution to his romantic dilemma—on sacred ground where a federally sanctioned bingo palace is slated for construction.

Louise Erdrich’s luminous novel The Bingo Palace is a tale of spiritual death and reawakening; of money, desperate love, and wild hope; and of the enduring power of cherished dreams.

“Wonderful...hopeful, wrenching, funny, sexy, intense, and penetratingly true.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review


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.
Title:The Bingo Palace: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:June 13, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061129755

ISBN - 13:9780061129759


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bingo Louise Erdrich: The Bingo Palace. What a beautiful book! The characters may be known to the reader from Erdrich’s source book, Love Medicine, about several families on an Indian reservation in North Dakota, and their biological and generational relationships. The hero of Bingo Palace is Lipsha Morrissey, a poor orphan, adopted by Great Uncle Kashpaw. But Lipsha is now grown up and he falls in love with Shawnee, a single mother, who lives with her sisters. Yet, the father of Shawnee’s little boy is known. It is Lyman Lamartine, a big, authoritative man, and Lipsha’s relative. From here on it is a book about love. Beautiful language and unusual metaphors create this love song about the feelings of an insignificant orphan against the powerful “brother” and a woman’s freedom to choose according to her heart. Lipsha is not competing only with Lyman, also against him is Shawnee’s need to better herself, leave, and finish college. We don’t even know exactly how it ends. We just know where it goes. It is one of the most beautiful love stories in modern literature.
Date published: 2015-12-18

Editorial Reviews

"Beautiful...Shows us a place where love, fate and chance are woven together like a braid, a world where daily life is enriched by a powerful spiritual presence." (New York Times Book Review)