Four Souls

Four Souls

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A stunning new novel from one of America’s premiere novelists, a book that brings back the characters from her beloved New York Times best seller Tracks. Four Souls opens with Fleur’s journey east, during which she has a dream vision that gives her a powerful new name. Arriving in Minneapolis, she is hired as a laundress in the home of John James Mauser. A man notorious for his wealth and his mansion on a hill, Mauser became rich by deceiving young Indian women and taking possession of their ancestral lands


From New York Times bestselling author Louise Erdrich comes a haunting novel that continues the rich and enthralling Ojibwe saga begun in her novel Tracks.

After taking her mother’s name, Four Souls, for strength, the strange and compelling Fleur Pillager walks from her Ojibwe reservation to the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. She is seeking restitution from and revenge on the lumber baron who has stripped her tribe’s land. But revenge is never simple, and her intentions are complicated by her dangerous compassion for the man who wronged her.



Blackwell North Amer
A strange and compelling unkillable woman decides to leave home, and the story begins. Fleur Pillager takes her mother's name, Four Souls, for strength and walks from her Ojibwe reservation to the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. She is seeking restitution from and revenge on the lumber baron who has stripped her reservation. But revenge is never simple, and she quickly finds her intentions complicated by her own dangerous compassion for the man who wronged her.
The two narrators of Four Souls are from utterly different worlds. Nanapush, a "smart man and a fool," is both Fleur's savior and her conscience. He tells Fleur's story and tells his own. He would like a calm and discriminating love with his sweetheart, Margaret. He is old and would like to face death with his love beside him. Instead the two find themselves battling out their last years. When the childhood nemesis of Nanapush appears and casts his eye toward Margaret, Nanapush acts out an absurd revenge of his own and nearly ends up destroying everything. The other narrator, Polly Elizabeth Gheen, is a pretentious and vulnerable upper-crust fringe element, a hanger-on in a wealthy Minneapolis family, a woman aware of her precarious hold on those around her. To her own great surprise the entrance of Fleur Pillager into her household and her life effects a transformation she could never have predicted.

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Journeying to Minneapolis, where she plans to avenge the loss of her family's land to a deceptive, wealthy white man, a young Native American woman finds herself entangled within a complex relationship.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780066209753
Branch Call Number: FICTION ERDRICH
Characteristics: 210 p. : 1 ill. ; 22 cm


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Oct 03, 2016

She writes from within the Ojibwe experience and makes a dramatic tale very believable and compelling.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 12, 2015

A native woman vows to get back the land which a lumber baron has taken from her and her people. However, revenge is not as simple as it first seems, as Fleur becomes attached to the family she has threatened to destroy. The writing is exquisite, the story entertaining and the spirit of the book intensely moving.

Oct 21, 2013

As usual another great read. Louise is wonderful with the English language.


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