The Blue Jay's Dance : A Birth Year
During the last ten years, Louise Erdrich has written seven critically acclaimed and best-selling books and has also given birth to three children. In The Blue Jays' Dance, her first major work of nonfiction, she brilliantly and poignantly examines the joys and frustrations, the compromises and insights, the difficult struggles and profound emotional satisfactions she experienced in the course of one twelve-month period - from a winter pregnancy through a spring and summer of new motherhood to a fall return to writing.Erdrich illuminates afresh the large and small events that mothers - parents - everywhere will recognize and appreciate. A keenly spiritual observer of the natural world, she turns a poet's eye to the harmony of growth and change, of beginnings and endings, of love and longing. From the vantage point of a small house in New England, she looks out to the North Dakota horizon of her childhood and inward to an infant's first glimpse of a wild bird.The Blue Jay's Dance takes the mundane routines of everyday life and renders them marvelous, even while it records the odyssey of a woman's deepening awareness of the rhythms that bind families together. Once again, Louise Erdrich discovers the universal within the particular moment and gives full-bodied expression to that most common and yet most mysterious of all human tasks: the passing on of life.
- Hardback | 223 pages
- 129.54 x 193.04 x 50.8mm | 317.51g
- 01 Apr 1995
- HarperCollins Publishers
- United States