Shadow Tag (Hardcover)

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“Knowing her unstable husband has been reading her diary, a desperate woman uses it to manipulate him, creating a false tale, obscuring her true motives, and pushing him ever-closer to the edge. Shadow Tag is Erdrich's most compelling novel in years; a gripping portrait of an unstable marriage stumbling towards its inevitable, yet shocking dissolution.”
— Rich Rennicks, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

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“Knowing her unstable husband has been reading her diary, a desperate woman uses it to manipulate him, creating a false tale, obscuring her true motives, and pushing him ever-closer to the edge. Shadow Tag is Erdrich's most compelling novel in years; a gripping portrait of an unstable marriage stumbling towards its inevitable, yet shocking dissolution.”
— Rich Rennicks, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, NC

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"Erdrich is a true original... and] one of our major writers." --Washington Post Book World

Shadow Tag, the brilliant new novel by Louise Erdrich, is a stunning tour-de-force from the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of Love Medicine and Pulitzer-Prize-finalist The Plague of Doves. In the vein of the novels of such contemporaries as Zoe Heller and Susan Minot, Shadow Tag is an intense and heart-wrenching story of a troubled marriage and a family in disarray--and a radical departure from Erdrich's previous acclaimed work.

Praise For…


“A domestic drama that builds an almost thriller-like momentum…A novel as dark and tragic as it is difficult to put down”
-San Diego Union-Tribune

“Gripping…a hushed and haunting tale that chillingly and convincingly reflects the upper-middle-class American experience, not only the Native American one.”
-USA Today

“ A fierce novel…raw…alive…vividly present…it marks a breakthrough for the author.”
-Columbus Dispatch

“A portrait of an ‘iconic’ marriage on its way to dissolution…Erdrich’s unbridled urgency yields startlingly original phrasing as well as flashes of blinding lucidity.”
-New York Times Book Review

“Erdrich offers a portrait that’s convincing…Shadow Tag is wonderfully, painfully readable and revealing.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A page-turner…a most compelling novel”
-Dallas Morning News

“Muscular and fearless…It is [Erdrich’s] superb telling of this story that makes it real, her stellar writing that brings powerful truth to invented worlds.”
-BookPage

Clear, urgent, deep as a swift river…accomplishes the literary miracle of making a reader ravenous to finish it, while stinging with regret at how soon it must end.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Read this if: You’re looking for a well-written, well-told tale that is thought- and discussion- provoking.”
-Baltimore Sun

“Into this deeply personal novel about marriage, family and individual identity, Erdrich weaves broader questions about cause and effect in history...A small masterpiece of compelling, painfully moving fiction.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“SHADOW TAG is hard to put down...It builds to a spectacular ending with a twist I didn’t see coming...Erdrich has taken a tragedy and turned it into art.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer

“A masterpiece…a captivating work of fiction…exquisite…tightly focused…arresting…This profoundly tragic novel captures that lament in some of Erdrich’s most beautiful and urgent writing.”
-Ron Charles, Washington Post

“A brilliant cautionary tale…Reading it is like watching a wildfire whose flames are so mesmerizingly beautiful that it’s almost easy to ignore the deadly mess left behind.”
-Library Journal

“An exquisite, character-driven tale…its piercing insights into sex, family, and power are breathtaking…A masterfully concentrated and gripping novel of image and conquest, autonomy and love, inheritance and loss.”
-Donna Seaman, Booklist

“SHADOW TAG is compelling…a searing, personal examination of one family that’s falling apart.”
-Miami Herald

“A fast-paced novel of exceptional artistic, intellectual, and psychological merit…Nowhere have love’s complications been better illustrated than in the raw honesty of Shadow Tag.”
-Boston Sunday Globe



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Product Details
ISBN: 9780061536090
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: February 1st, 2010
Pages: 272