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Shadow Tag

Erdrich, Louise (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Chronciles the emotional war between Irene America, a beautiful, introspective woman of Native American ancestry, struggling to finish her dissertation while raising three children, and her husband Gil, a painter whose reputation is built on a series of now iconic portraits of Irene.
Authors: Erdrich, Louise
Title: Shadow tag
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 255 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Louise Erdrich
Summary: Chronciles the emotional war between Irene America, a beautiful, introspective woman of Native American ancestry, struggling to finish her dissertation while raising three children, and her husband Gil, a painter whose reputation is built on a series of now iconic portraits of Irene.
ISBN: 9780061536090
0061536091
Branch Call Number: FICTION ERDRICH 2010
Subject Headings: Families Fiction Artists Family relationships Fiction Alcoholism Fiction
Genre/Form: Diary fiction
Domestic fiction
Psychological fiction
Topical Term: Families
Artists
Alcoholism
LCCN: 2009033699
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This dark and intense novel is also very, very funny. There's a twisted scene in a couples therapy session that made me laugh out loud. I'm still haunted by some of this book's images.

This book chronicles the emotional war between Irene, a woman of Native American ancestry, struggling to finish her dissertation while raising three children, and her husband Gil, a painter whose reputation is built on a series of now iconic portraits of Irene. This contains what must be the fun... Read More »

This book chronicles the emotional war between Irene America, a beautiful, introspective woman of Native American ancestry, struggling to finish her dissertation while raising three children, and her husband Gil, a painter whose reputation is built on a series of now iconic portraits of Irene. Th... Read More »

The story of a marriage and family imploding. Irene discovers her husband has been reading her diary so she begins a new one just for him - one that will push him over the edge.


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Well-written but an unhappy story. The book describes the deterioration of one couple's marriage. Gil is a painter, and Irene is his subject (and wife). Throughout her marriage, he has slowly sucked away her life, and when she finds out he's reading her diary, she starts to write things she knows will hurt him.

Feb 19, 2010
  • NLC4321 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not one of her best.

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“It isn’t given to us to know those rare moments when people are wide open and the lightest touch can wither or heal. A moment too late and we can never reach them any more in this world. They will not be cured by our most efficacious drugs or slain with our sharpest swords.”

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