Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.
Evolution has reversed itself: woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. For Cedar Hawk Songmaker, this change is profound and deeply personal: she is four months pregnant. As society begins to disintegrate, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation. There are rumors of martial law, and rewards for those who turn pregnant women in. It will take all Cedar has to keep her baby safe.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062694058
Branch Call Number: FICTION ERDRICH 2017
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 24 cm


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Nearish future dystopia from a literary great. Cedar Songmaker is so preoccupied by her need to connect with her birth mother that she is ignoring the world's collapse. Cedar is pregnant, and a strange devolution across the human and animal world means she does not know what she will bear. And th... Read More »

Erdrich's 'Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse' is a favorite of mine - the fact that she has a dystopian novel coming soon makes my toes curl.

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JessicaGma Feb 22, 2018

It was an unsettling book in the sense that you're not really sure what is going on around the characters, which continues on during the plot. You get mere snippets but then events in the world keep escalating, and Cedar doesn't seem to pay a lot of attention at times but this would be anyone in this situation, as events seemed to change day to day. It does bear comparison to A Handmaid's Tale as that would be the sequel, years down the road. Worth reading!

Feb 10, 2018

Nice work. IN her top 5. Loses it's way several times but for those of us who are huge fans, is a must. Look forward to another soon.

AL_LESLEY Feb 08, 2018

A family drama and a theocratic fertility obsessed dystopia going on at the same time. Shame is that neither aspect of this book is fleshed out. I found it interesting yet a bit lifeless. Maybe the Catholicism was a bit much for me.

Feb 05, 2018

This was a boring book. The protagonist is completely self centered and lacks breadth (although she imagines that she's very deep, since she is into Catholic esoterica). The nature of the apocalypse is never made clear, only that HER baby is normal. I was hoping there was some salvation for humanity to be found in the protagonist's mixed genetic/social background, but we never get past the mundane family drama and the "What To Expect When You're Expecting" fetal development descriptions. I only finished reading it because I couldn't believe it'd gotten such high reviews, I was sure there'd be some acceleration of the plot. Instead it was a poor hybrid of a family "saga" and a dystopia.

Feb 02, 2018

Future Home of the Living God is more Handmaid’s Tale than LaRose or Round House. While I liked it fine, it felt like a shadow of The Handmaid’s Tale. I liked the characters; Cedar Hawk Songmaker seemed genuine and genuinely confused, as well she should be. Her ultra-liberal adoptive parents were careful not to tell her what to think as she grew up, therefore she doesn’t really know what she thinks. But she has the will and courage to explore and seek answers. Her birth mother is simple and unremarkable on the surface, but she, too, is strong and principled. I would like to see these folks navigate circumstances I could relate to. In The Future Home of the Living God, though, evolution has started reversing itself. Babies are often — usually — not viable; and when they do thrive, they seem to be a genetic precursor to the humans of today. This is not a concept that stirs me to questions or provokes me to insights.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jan 05, 2018

A dystopian vision of the future awaits pregnant Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who was born on an Ojibwe reservation and adopted by white liberals.

Dec 27, 2017

It's an enjoyable read (a story line with some fairly unique content, an oblique method of revealing important details, and characters/relationships described so well you probably know someone/have felt exactly like that. The description of giving birth was like being there).

But it's not the best thing I've ever read (Cedar has wa-a-ay too many successful escapes after capture thanks to a never-ending stream of extremely smart and fortuitous helpers in some fairly unlikely situations. Best "suspension of disbelief" scenario: Two heavily pregnant, sedentary women descending hand over hand down a thin rope on the outside of a multi-story building (oh, come on!!)).

And then the end - oh, the end! The ending leaves one thinking there must be - had better be! - a sequel in the works.

DPLjennyp Dec 19, 2017

There's a lot going on in this book and while the various threads aren't always successful Erdrich gives readers lots to think about.

Dec 16, 2017

Oh, Louise. You had a bucket of herring, many of them red, and you threw them all around in this book. I found myself gulping it down, hoping the flavors would meld, but was thwarted in my expectation of a satisfying meal. Phil has wings, then doesn't, tantalizing mentions of reverse evolution are never fleshed out, many of the finest characters disappear, and in a highly surveilled dystopian world a woman manages to hide a subversive journal for nine months, many of them in captivity. I was captive to the book too, and sad to see it dissolve into a stew of religious fever dreams and unresolved imaginings. So many flashes of brilliance failing to coalesce.

janefmooradian Dec 14, 2017

"On the Rez" meets "Handmaid's Tale"? Another great tale from the master storyteller. The ending was a disappointment.

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Dec 04, 2017

Postapocalyptic, women can't get pregnant or have enhanced (mutated) children,. Fertile women are held in prison until birth. Theocracy which keeps only "normal" children, which ar farmed out at birth. Indian woman with normal child in utero tells story to mbryo, then child is taken away.


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