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Four Souls
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HarperCollins Publishers
Pub Date: 2005
ISBN: 9780060935221
Louise Erdrich
Four Souls
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Four Souls

by Louise Erdrich

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After taking her mother's name, Four Souls, for strength, the strange, compelling Fleur Pillager walks from her Ojibwe reservation to the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. She seeks restitution from and revenge on the lumber baron who has stripped her reservation. But revenge is never simple, and her intentions are complicated by her dangerous compassion for the man who wronged her.

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Christopher Johnson commented on 11-Sep-2011 09:55 PM
First off I am not an avid reader and would not be writing this if a friend had not gifted me "Last Report...No Horse" which created a chain reaction of reading that will take me through every damn book Louise has written. I hope you're happy. So far I've
also read Love Medicine, Master Butcher Singing Club, Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country, Original Fire and then I decided to read Tracks. Imagine my surprise when I finished Tracks and then found Four Souls. For a while I forgot I am not an avid reader.
I loved the way Four Souls was written jumping back and forth geographically and between narrators. The more I read these books the hungrier I get to learn more about the Ojibwe way of life and this book almost filled me up. As with all these books I hated
to get to the last page. I hate it even more knowing I won't luck out and fall into a sequel like i fell into this one, but there are still others and I'm hoping if I go slow enough I'll never be without one of these damn books to read. ;-)
Meredith R commented on 30-Oct-2011 10:59 PM
Dear Christopher Johnson, Take heart! Your non-avid reader self will continue to love non-avidly reading the rest of Erdrich's oeuvre. Ever single title is a gift. As easy to receive and love as the (already considerable!) amount that you've read. But
each gift gives something different and (IMHO) monumental and even iconic. My favorite is "Last Report" followed closely by "Four Souls" and "Tales of Burning Love" which you will especially adore for at least two reasons: 1) it doesn't end for a pretty long
time and 2) it brings together the descendents of so many families that you've already grown to love in one funny and heartening story. So happy to hear about people discovering Erdrich's gorgeous and singularly powerfully awesome prose. Keep reading right
on through to the Antelope Wife and Plague of Doves (incredible) and then go back and don't miss out on the earlier set of Bingo Palace and The Beet Queen (just stirring) and finally on to Shadow Tag which I really found to be a deeply moving page-turner,
if somewhat of a departure for Erdrich. Thank you for letting me talk about my favorite author and her books on this comment area! Sincerely, Meredith p.s. I'm literally her biggest fan p.p.s. My husband teaches AP English Lit, and I had to have him read Four
Souls which he then added to his syllabus so as to help grow a new crop of Erdrich appreciators!
Ros Nelson commented on 08-Jan-2012 11:03 AM
I am a big fan. I wonder if Louise finds it as miraculous when stories emerge from her, as I do when I inhabit them. Thankfully, I can re-read her work and it is always a new adventure. Writers are magical.
Tippe Miller commented on 25-Feb-2014 09:59 PM
I am so happy I have a new author to love! Recently finished Love Medicine and am now on The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. So enjoyable, so REAL are her people! Thank you so much Louise Erdrich for all of your hard work that we appreciator's can marinate in.
Anonymous commented on 28-Apr-2017 04:31 PM
I agree with everyone's comments. I too have taken up reading Louise's books - which you can take as I've reread them a time or two also. "Four Souls" just broke my heart. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories. I look forward to reading more of these treasures.
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