Shadow Tag

Shadow Tag

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061536090
0061536091
Branch Call Number: FICTION ERDRICH 2010
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 22 cm

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This is a dark story about a marriage gone terribly wrong. When a woman discovers that her husband has been reading her journal, she continues to write in it, making sure that she uses it to hurt and manipulate him with her words. This can also be very funny, and contains what is surely the most ... Read More »

Erdrich illustrates how narrative affects a marriage in this story of a woman who discovers her husband is reading her diary, and so begins to use her entries to manipulate him.

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 »

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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Candaceb108
Jun 05, 2016

I truly loved this book, but I truly love the author's writing. It hit me even more when I read about Louise Erdrich's own marriage to Michael Dorris and that marriage's end and his suicide.

Enjoy!

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annekim9
Oct 22, 2013

This must have been a difficult book to write; it was difficult to read. As always, Louise Erdrich writes beautifully but what a sad novel.

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maipenrai
Oct 01, 2013

**** 1/2 stars. Ms. Erdrich writes beautifully even when pain and its infliction is the primary theme of her book, or perhaps because pain is the "other" character in her novel. When Irene America discovers that her husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and her marriage, while turning her Red Diary, hidden where Gil will find it, into a manipulative farce. Irene is resuming work on her doctoral thesis. Gil, her husband, has gained notoriety as an artist through his emotionally revealing portraits of his wife. His work is conflicted: adoring and sensual, but also humiliating and shocking. This mirrors his efforts to love her and destroy her. Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children: fourteen-year-old genius Florian, who escapes his family's unraveling with joints and a stolen wine; Riel, their only daughter, an eleven-year-old desperately planning to preserve her family; and sweet five-year-old Stoney. As her home increasingly becomes a place of violence and secrets, and she drifts into alcoholism, Irene moves to end her marriage. Shadow Tag fearlessly explores the complex nature of love, the boundaries of identity, and one family's struggle for survival. Ms. Erdrich has written one of my all time top 10 favorite books ever!!: " Love Medicine ". She writes about the intricacies of love and pain better than anyone! Highly recommend with the caveat that this is not a "feel good", happy novel. It is hard to read such an honest account a tortured relationship.

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LDPBLM
Aug 09, 2011

Louise , you did it again - another masterpiece ! You are brilliant writing about children !What a sad true tale - yes , I know it's true . The same , overwhelming sadness as "The Bingo Palace " and "Books and Islands in Objibwe Country" . You are deserving of a Nobel literature prize . I hope I see it in my lifetime .

LMOH Mar 13, 2010

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.

NLC4321 Feb 19, 2010

Not one of her best.

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Christina_tee
Apr 09, 2011

“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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