MN Smith Club Reads: The Sentence

Tuesday, August 15 – 7pm CST

In this New York Times bestselling novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless errors.

Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book.  A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store’s most annoying customer.  Flora dies on All Souls’ Day, but she simply won’t leave the store.  Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading “with murderous attention,” must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

This story contains many familiar places and events from the time of the pandemic lockdown and the murder of George Floyd.  You may find it both inspiring and disturbing as you recall this critical time in our history.

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