The Painted Drum

The Painted Drum


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The Painted Drum by Louise Erdrich, Anna Fields

When a woman named Faye Travers is called upon to appraise the estate of a family in her small New Hampshire town, she isn't surprised to discover a forgotten cache of valuable Native American artifacts. After all, the family descends from an Indian agent who worked on the North Dakota Ojibwe reservation that is home to her mother's family. However, she stops dead in her tracks when she finds in the collection a rare drum—a powerful yet delicate object, made from a massive moose skin stretched across a hollow of cedar, ornamented with symbols she doesn't recognize and dressed in red tassels and a beaded belt and skirt—especially since, without touching the instrument, she hears it sound. And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time, following the strange passage of a powerful yet delicate instrument, and revealing the extraordinary lives it has touched and defined.

Compelling and unforgettable, bestselling author Louise Erdrich's Painted Drum explores the often fraught relationship between mothers and daughters, the strength of family, and the intricate rhythms of grief with all the grace, wit, and startling beauty that characterizes this acclaimed author's finest work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780792737438
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Product dimensions: 7.22(w) x 6.54(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

June 7, 1954

Place of Birth:

Little Falls, Minnesota


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1976; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1979

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Painted Drum 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Painted Drum is a story of the Ojibwe tribe and a very special drum, which affected the life of generations of a family. Ms. Erdrich has written many stories about the Indians but I believe this one will have a much wider range of appeal. The book is about relationships, between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, parents and children and how many situations in life affect those relationships. For the Indians the sad story of their forced settlement in reservations, problems with alcohol and lack of work unraveled the true spirit of these people, their spirituality, their traditions, and their community. As always Ms. Erdrich¿s prose moves smoothly and poetically and her descriptions put you in the places of the story. I highly enjoyed this novel, although part of me is waiting for another ¿Master Butcher¿ Singing Club¿. I would recommend this book to my friends and encourage reading groups to branch out into Native American stories, after all they are a story of our country and it¿s native people.
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Former_English_Teacher More than 1 year ago
Louise Erdrich creates unique but very human characters and she puts them in situations from which the reader can learn something--not just from how they handle their lives but about the culture surrounding the story. In this case I learned about the Native American culture from their early days to the present. I also learned about the estate sale business. I underline phrases that are basic truisms about life and pass her books along to my most "literary" friends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written book filled with much angst, tragedy, and Native mysticism. It is a story filled with sadness, but there is some satisfaction at the end that many of the more grief-stricken characters have made peace with their lives. The story moved slowly in places, but the beauty of the writing made up for it.
caregiver4u2 More than 1 year ago
the worst book i have picked bup in a long time...nuf said