The Sentence (MP3 CD)

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On top of being an excellent novel, "The Sentence" is such a beautiful testament to bookselling in a pandemic. Louise is a bookseller, so she knows her stuff. I am so glad she is sharing this story with the world.

— Suzanna

Wow! This book is spectacular. I adore Tookie. Louise Erdrich has perfectly captured the experience of bookselling in these haunting times.

— Sarah

This is the book you need to read right now, a balm for the soul. My copy is dogeared and underlined, so I can find my way back to my favorite passages, so many of which are about the enduring love between narrator Tookie and her husband (oh man, I want what they have). Louise Erdrich has captured the tender, powerful beauty of ordinary life, and these pages drip with a poignant love and gratitude for those simple things that are in fact everything--family, seasons, nighttime walks, community, soup. Oh, and it's a ghost story!

— Anna S


In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman's relentless errors.

Louise Erdrich's latest novel, 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.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798200879878
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Language: English