I bought this 2005 book at a library sale for one dollar. Oh my - Louise Erdrich's writing is worth so much more. The Painted Drum is rich in characters, story line, description, and life. I have become a fan and I'm trying to read more of her works.
This book stars Faye Travers and a rare moose skin and cedar drum created by an Ojibwe artisan. She finds it at an old New Hampshire estate descended from a North Dakota Indian agent.
cover blurb - And so begins an illuminating journey both backward and forward in time, following the strange passage of a powerful and yet delicate instrument, and revealing the extraordinary lives it has touched and defined.
Erdrich explores mother/ daughter relationships, the strength of family, and grief.
I enjoyed this book and took my time to appreciate the writing and her respect of Native American culture. She embodies the lyrical story telling skills of ancestors, and also shows some current conditions of the community. Open your heart and it will soar when reading Louise Erdrich's work.