The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year (Paperback)
Louise Erdrich's first major work of nonfiction, The Blue Jay's Dance, brilliantly and poignantly examines the joys and frustrations, the compromises and insights, and the difficult struggles and profound emotional satisfactions the acclaimed author experienced in the course of one twelve month period from a winter pregnancy through a spring and summer of new motherhood to her return to writing in the fall. In exquisitely lyrical prose, Erdrich illuminates afresh the large and small events that every parent will recognize and appreciate.
Moving, memorable. . . . A book that breaks ground. Boston Sunday Globe
Pregnancy, birth, and caring for an infant inspire Erdrich's reflections on being a woman, a mother, and a writer. . . . She] transforms the mundane into a paean to the mystery and wonder of the creative force, and a celebration of family, nature, and memory. People
What Erdrich does so masterfully is tie together all the strings of her life. . . . All these strings tie her to the rest of us. Detroit Free Press.
About the Author
LOUISE ERDRICH lives with her family in Minnesota and is the owner of Birchbark Books, an independent bookstore. Ms. Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and this series which will, in the end, span one hundred years in the life of an Ojibwe woman was inspired by Ms. Erdrich s own genealogy. Makoons continues the story that started with The Birchbark House, a National Book Award finalist; The Game of Silence, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2006; the acclaimed The Porcupine Year; and Chickadee, winner of the Scott O Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2013. Ms. Erdrich is the bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels for adults as well, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves, the National Book Award medalist The Round House and National Book Award finalist The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. She is also the author of the picture book Grandmother s Pigeon, illustrated by Jim LaMarche. You can visit her online at www.readlouiseerdrich.com and www.birchbarkbooks.com.