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