Behind the Mic: On The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, Read by the Author
Jo Reed and Michele Cobb Discuss the Rewarding Historical Novel From the National Book Award Winner
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Author Louise Erdrich gives a rewarding listening experience based on historical events of the 1950s, when the U.S. government sought to dissolve its treaty with the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation. AudioFile’s Michele Cobb tells host Jo Reed why she enjoyed hearing the characters portrayed by the author herself, and how she was drawn into the minutiae of everyday life as the story’s mounting crisis builds. It is a fictional tale, but the factory night watchman at the center of the story is based on Erdrich’s own grandfather, and his character spends each night writing letters to politicians to maintain the location of his tribe.
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