If you haven’t realized the urgent need for an expanded Violence Against Women Act, read today’sNew York Times, where novelist Louise Erdrich restates the theme that runs through her powerful novel The Round House(reviewed in a previous post): Native American women are being battered and raped by non-native men, and they have no legal support for pursuing justice—because non-natives are immune from prosecution by tribal courts.
Erdrich has left her cache of short stories and novels infused with the Native American experience behind and moved into new territory. While the humor, color and pathos of her Ojibwa heritage are still visible in Shadow Tag, these features have moved into the background, shoved aside by a focus on the looming crisis of a marriage.
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