Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich

Future Home of the Living GodsThe world is coming to an end, or maybe not. It is certainly changing. Evolution seems to have reversed itself. Plants and animals seem to be reverting to earlier incarnations, maybe not reverting, maybe going sideways. Who knows? Cedar Hawk Songmaker is an adopted child of Ojibwe parents. When she learns her real name is Mary Potts, and she is not unique, not an Indian princess as she fantasized as a child, she is a bit disappointed. But with the realization that she is pregnant, she decides to visit the Potts, to find out more about them, and to see if there are any genetic problems or talents she should know about. But soon she is struggling to save her baby and herself from an all-seeing government that seeks total control. This is not the usual Louise Erdrich. It is a dystopian novel set in the near future. The book written in first person by Cedar, is a diary to her unborn child. It begins slowly, in a fairly optimistic mood, but gradually becomes dark and disturbing. Soon it was compelling and I couldn’t put it down. I finished it days ago, and it still haunts me.

eGalley review                                          Publication date 11.14.17

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