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THE PAINTED DRUM
by Louise Erdrich

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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New Hampshire resident Faye Travers is asked to handle the estate of John Tatro, a Native American agent at the Ojibwe reservation where Faye's grandmother was born.

While searching through his
belongings, Faye discovers an Ojibwe drum and, contrary to her business practices, she takes it. Faye and her mother, Elsie, journey to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota to return the drum to its rightful owner. There they learn of the drum's intricate
history and infinite power.

Erdrich's tale is an exhibition of
Native American traditions pitted
against a modern world. The history behind the drum is as fascinating as
its impact on events of the present
day. The author's warm and lyrical
writing style transports readers into a place where Native American folklore
is both vital and believable. (Sep., 288 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: September 2005

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