The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

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The Sentence
Cover of The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
Author(s) Louise Erdrich
Published November 9th, 2021
Genre(s) Contemporary, Magical Realism
Age group Adult


The Sentence asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book.

A small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer. Flora dies on All Souls' Day, but she simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading with murderous attention, must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

The Sentence begins on All Souls' Day 2019 and ends on All Souls' Day 2020. Its mystery and proliferating ghost stories during this one year propel a narrative as rich, emotional, and profound as anything Louise Erdrich has written.

Trigger Warnings

  • Cheating
  • Claustrophobia
  • Death
  • Drug Use/Smuggling
  • Incarceration
  • Haunting
  • Organ Harvesting (mentioned)
  • Pretendian
  • Physical Violence
  • Scientology (mentioned)
  • Stealing a body


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Bisexual Objibwe Woman


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