The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

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For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved Native American tribe, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety, but these facts are bound up in his own secret. He is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything . . . or manufacture a protective history for Leopolda, though he believes her wonder-working is motivated solely by evil?
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2016
Edition: 2nd Harper Perennial ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION ERD
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 21 cm

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When I was taking a short story class in California, Louise Erdrich was one of the recommended authors, along with Tim O'Brien and Raymond Carver. So you know she's good.

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brangwinn
Dec 29, 2018

Oh, what a story. A former nun lives her adult life as a priest on a reservation for more than fifty years. This story enriches the canvas of reservations on which Erdrich paints her stories in words. The characters and the deep emotions shown by the characters are worthy citizens of Erdrich’s world.

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QnVz
Oct 02, 2017

I tried to read this at the beginning of the summer without much success. I revisited it later this summer/early fall & found it was perfect!! I really enjoyed learning the characters, the towns and traditions, missteps and human elements in this book. Wonderful storytelling and lovely read! I found myself surrounded in warm blankets, warm drinks, and delightful falling leaves as I journeyed through Little No Horse. A beautiful star I am glad to have seen!!

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SuzeParker
Nov 26, 2015

It’s impossible to find fault with Erdrich’s lyrical writing, or the poetic tension she creates between Ojibwe mysticism and Catholicism, or the abundant symbolism with which she infuses the book. And certain events in the story are unforgettable (oh, the vision created when Nanapush is snagged to his boat seat and dragged by a frightened moose!). The density of Erdrich’s prose was, at times, distracting, however. In those moments, I felt that I should be <i>studying</i> the book, rather than reading it for pleasure.

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joliebergman
Apr 23, 2013

Love, love, love!

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griddling
Nov 14, 2012

An excellent read, this book covers historical ground, questions and observations on culture and identity and weaves together complex stories.

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CD1982
Mar 26, 2011

This is an amazing book, spanning many years and cultures. It’s a complicated story in some ways, but worth reading.

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