A beautifully repackaged reissue of the magical novel from Louise Erdrich, winner of America's prestigious National Book Award for Fiction in 2012. On a cold spring morning in 1932, two children, Karl and Mary Adare, leap from a boxcar. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary have come to Argus, in the heart of rural North Dakota, to seek ...Read MoreA beautifully repackaged reissue of the magical novel from Louise Erdrich, winner of America's prestigious National Book Award for Fiction in 2012. On a cold spring morning in 1932, two children, Karl and Mary Adare, leap from a boxcar. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary have come to Argus, in the heart of rural North Dakota, to seek refuge with their aunt Fritzie. So begins an exhilarating tale, spanning some forty years and brimming with unforgettable characters: ordinary Mary, who causes a miracle; seductive, restless Karl, who lacks his sister's gift for survival; Celestine James, Mary's life-long friend; and Celestine's fearless, wild daughter Dot - the Beet Queen.Read Less
Very good. No dust jacket as issued. very minor toning to front wrap, mild toning to pages 139-154 (different paper stock? ), very mild edge soiling. moderate edge toning to laid-in publicity sheet. Complimentary reading copy with publicity laid-in. believe it or not, this is a square, no wrinkles or tears, unread-a very adequate reading copy.
Fine in fine dust jacket. This first edition, first printing of Erdrich's third novel is in like new condition; a flawless copy; collecting books since 1988, selling books since 2008. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 338 p.
Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author SIGNED by AUTHOR. Book is in Very Good condition with pictorial wraps. Light scratching to bottom edge of textblock. Light wear to wraps. Spine has crease and fading that continues to part of front cover. Otherwise a clean and tight copy. No jacket as issued. 338 pgs.
Near Fine. Uncorrected Reading Copy. 8vo. Signed by Author Uncorrected Reading Copy. First Edition in stiff Wrappers. This copy is neatly signed by the author: Louise Erdrich on the title page. Mild crease to the front cover and some light shelfwear. Inner text is clean and unmarked. This copy is marked 'Complimentary Reading Copy not for sale' on the front cover. Author photo on the rear panel.
Fine. Signed by Author Complimentary (advance) reading copy. Nicely inscribed and dated (10 21 86) to noted Canadian writer and bibliophile Greg Gatenby, who has also signed and dated on the flyleaf. Publisher's invitation to a dinner in honor of the author laid in. Fine.
Novels like 'The Beet Queen' exist to make the reader uncomfortable. They probe at your hurt spots like a tongue pushing a sore tooth. By showing the weaker, more petty, angrier sides of her characters, Erdrich leads the reader to seek out the good parts for themselves. This novel is about the emotional ties from which we try to flee. However, they are called "ties" for a reason, and the flailing that drags a person back as they reach the emotional end of that tether is essentially what composes a life.
The plot revolves around Karl and Mary Adare, who have been abandoned by their mother. They travel by boxcar to their Aunt and Uncle's place in North Dakota, and are immediately separated when Karl, frightened by a dog, runs back to the train, and Mary runs in the opposite direction, towards the town. From there it follows their fractured lives as they rebuild them, alternately swallowing up or running up against the people in their periphery.
This book can be difficult reading at times, but it is very honest, even as it seems to extend past the bounds of "normal" unpleasantness. I'm not sure everyone would enjoy this book, but anyone who likes reading about deeply drawn characters might get a lot out of it. For my part, I am glad to have read it, even if the difficulty of the personalities lead to some infuriating reading.
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