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The Sentence

The Sentence, by Louise Erdrich

A novel set in Minneapolis against the backdrop of the pandemic and the George Floyd murder, this ghost story about a Native American bookstore haunted by its most annoying customer might not be Erdrich’s best work, but her protagonist Tookie is one of her more compelling characters. Tookie had gone to prison for transporting a body stuffed with drugs across state lines, and books became her lifeline. Out of prison, she’s a passionate reader employed at a local bookstore, and the ghost, who was seemingly killed by a sentence, haunts her.

A book literally about the power of words and literature, this novel is worth reading for the reading list alone.

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