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A New York Times Notable Book
For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety and is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything . . . or manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda's wonder-working is motivated solely by evil?
“A deeply affecting narrative . . . by turns comical and elegiac, farcical, and tragic.”
-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
“[Erdrich’s] best so far…told with such cleverness and compassion that the effect is nothing less than dazzling.”
"Funny, engrossing and revelatory."
-Wall Street Journal
"You will be dazzled by the poetry of her language and her lighteninglike illuminations of the human condition."
-Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine
"A magnificent storyteller … delivering musical prose charged by powerful metaphors."
-St. Paul Star-Tribune
"Stunning …a moving meditation … infused with mystery and wonder."
"Bold and imaginative."
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel