'Erdrich's exploration of racial appropriation, and her treatment of such forgery as the stuff of horror, is fascinating. Tookie feels the ghost of Flora breathing in her ear - "let me in" - and at one point, trying to claw her way inside Tookie's body'
Scintillating . . . More than a gripping ghost story, The Sentence offers profound insights into the effects of the global pandemic and the collateral damage of systemic racism. It adds up to one of Erdrich's most . . . illuminating works to date
The real and the supernatural lock eyes in the deeply layered, immersive novel
'As the owner of a store herself, Erdrich knows whereof she writes, and her off-beat ghost story is in part a love letter to books and the shops that sell them. It also captures with compelling fidelity a year of personal and national dread and anguish - yet still pulls off a happy ending'
'[Tookie's] journey, captured in Erdrich's expert prose, is a cathartic and comforting story that book lovers will gobble up'
'The story is, perhaps above all, about the peace available to us in books like this'
A novel that reckons with ghosts - of both specific people but also the shadows resulting from America's violent, dark habits
'A delight, a thought-provoking work of art'
'Literature lovers will savour the conversations between booksellers and their customers...Erdrich depicts white privilege while at the same time confirming identity politics is never straightforward'
'Erdrich writes with conviction'
Erdrich is one of the greatest living American writers
Masterfully written... tackle[s] [a] serious subject matter but also deliver[s] witty writing that makes you laugh out loud
'Promises to be both funny and profound'
[A[ powerful, endearing novel . . . [The Sentence] resolves in small moments of personal redemption and familial love, allowing for hope amid tragedy
Louise Erdrich is the rarest kind of writer, as compassionate as she is sharp-sighted
'Strange, enchanting and funny: a work about motherhood, doom, regret and the magic - dark, benevolent and every shade in between - of words on paper'
No one can break your heart and fill it with light all in the same book - sometimes in the same paragraph - quite like Louise Erdrich
The poet laureate of the contemporary Native American experience