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    DescriptionWhen a woman named Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn't surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. After all, the family descends from an Indian agent who worked on the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation that is home to her mother's family. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum -- a powerful yet delicate object, made from a massive moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar, ornamented with symbols she doesn't recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt -- especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound. From Faye's discovery, we trace the drum's passage both backward and forward in time, from the reservation on the northern plains to New Hampshire and back. Through the voice of Bernard Shaawano, an Ojibwe, we hear how his grandfather fashioned the drum after years of mourning his young daughter's death, and how it changes the lives of those whose paths its crosses. And through Faye we hear of her anguished relationship with a local sculptor, who himself mourns the loss of a daughter, and of the life she has made alone with her mother, in the shadow of the death of Faye's sister. Through these compelling voices, "The Painted Drum" explores the strange power that lost children exert on the memories of those they leave behind, and as the novel unfolds, its elegantly crafted narrative comes to embody the intricate, transformative rhythms of human grief. One finds throughout the grace and wit, the captivating prose and surprising beauty, that characterize Louise Erdrich's finest work.


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    Title
    Painted Drum
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Louise Erdrich
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 277
    Width: 166 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 517 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780060515102
    ISBN 10: 0060515104
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET150
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/NATAMR
    DC22: 813/.54
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NENGLD
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: PS3555.R42 P35 2005
    B&T Approval Code: P26102510
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC019000
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins
    Publication date
    10 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "Haunted and haunting... With fearlessness and humility... [Erdrich] inspires readers to open their hearts."--Washington Post Book World