The Beet Queen

The Beet Queen

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Now, from the award-winning author of "Love Medicine, " comes a vibrant tale of abandonment and sexual obsession, jealousy and unstinting love. On a spring morning in 1932, young Karl and Mary Adare arrive by boxcar in Argus, North Dakota. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary look for refuge to their mother's sister Fritzie, who with her husband, Pete, runs a butcher shop. So begins an exhilerating 40-year saga brimming with unforgettable characters: Ordinary Mary, who causes a miracle; seductive Karl, who lacks Mary's gift for survival; Sita, their lovely, disturbed, ambitious cousin; Wallace Pfef, a town leader bearing a lonely secret; Celestine James, a mixed-blood Chippewa; and her daughter, Dot. Theirs is a story grounded in the tenacity of relationships, the magic of natural events and the unending mystery of the human condition.

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  • Paperback | 338 pages
  • 134.6 x 198.1 x 25.4mm | 249.48g
  • New York, NYUnited States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0060835273
  • 9780060835279
  • 327,663

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"A remarkable and luminous novel."-- Michiko Kakutani, "New York Times"Captivating."-- "Washington Post Book World"A book of power and precision....[Louise Erdrich's] two books together provoke in me amazement and gratitude at this splendid, feisty talent."-- Robert Bly, "New York Times Book Review"Written with extraordinary power, compassion, and insight into the human heart....Erdrich has vaulted into the front ranks of American literature."-- Dan Cryer, "Newsday"The dialogue is brilliant from start to finish. And MAry, Karl, Selestine, Sita, and Dot are all original and powerful characters who, like their relatives in "Love Medicine, left me exhilarated, somewhat drained, and very grateful to this immensely gifted novelist for -- "Chicago Sun-Times"She is a luminous writer and has produced a novel rich in movement, beauty, event. Her prose spins and sparkles, and dances right on the heart when it needs to."-- "Los Angeles Times

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