Night Train

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What does it mean to be a “fully processed” Indian in America today? In Night Train, Lise Erdrich offers a sharp-humored and powerful primer. Largely set in the small towns and reservations of northwestern Minnesota and western North Dakota, her literary snapshots capture the characters’ lives playing out against a backdrop of emergency rooms, supermarket aisles, backwoods parties, family breakfast tables, booze-soaked taverns, and sterile, but emotionally fraught offices.

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Overview

What does it mean to be a “fully processed” Indian in America today? In Night Train, Lise Erdrich offers a sharp-humored and powerful primer. Largely set in the small towns and reservations of northwestern Minnesota and western North Dakota, her literary snapshots capture the characters’ lives playing out against a backdrop of emergency rooms, supermarket aisles, backwoods parties, family breakfast tables, booze-soaked taverns, and sterile, but emotionally fraught offices.

Taken at the very moment when the pressures of daily life collide with the insidiousness of history, these stories reveal the personal struggle and small triumphs of people facing the absurdities of bureaucracy, cycles of poverty and addiction, and out-sized notions of Indian legends and culture.

It takes love, fortitude, and no small amount of humor to survive the sun-starved winters of the Great Plains, where finding reasons to keep going (and keep growing) can be the most profound accomplishment. Erdrich’s flashbulb-quick stories provide it all in cathartic doses and within the many voices of her tales, all the crazy starts to make sense.

Lise Erdrich has worked in the fields of Indian health and education since the 1980s and is currently a school health officer at the Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Her stories have received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Monthly Tamarack Award, the Many Mountains Moving Flash Fiction Contest, and Best of Show at the North Dakota State Fair. Night Train is her highly anticipated first collection.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781566892025
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Lise Erdrich has worked in Indian health and education for over twenty years and is currently a school health officer at Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Her stories have received many awards including the Minnesota Monthly Tamarack Award, the Many Mountains Moving Flash Fiction Contest, and Best of Show at the North Dakota State Fair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

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    Erdrich, Lise. Night Train. Coffee House, dist. by Consortium. 2008. c.152p. ISBN 978-1-56689-202-5. pap. $14.95. F Verdict: Erdrich, the author of two delightful children¿s picture books, Sacagawea and Bears Make Rock Soup, and other works published in journals and anthologies, proves to be as engaging a writer as her sister, novelist/poet Louise Erdrich. Highly recommended for all libraries. Background: Erdrich¿s first collection of 'often quite short' short stories takes place in various rural Native American communities in North Dakota and Minnesota. The stories are sarcastic, caustic, eloquent¿some read like prose poems¿and are nearly always humorous. 'Tribe Unknown 'Fleur-de-Lis'' describes the intersections and dispersals of cultures¿French, Cree, Ojibway, and Scots¿in the several-hundred-year-old history of a woman¿s purse, now an artifact in a museum. 'Corn Is Number One' retells, in very contemporary pop-psychology slang, the myth of Sky Woman and her daughters Corn, Squash, and Bean. Erdrich also writes of ice cream trucks on the rez, family meals, brawls, recipes¿all in the daily life of the collisions of cultures.¿Mary Margaret Benson, Linfield Coll. Lib., McMinnville, OR

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