Shadow Tag

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Author(s): Louise Erdrich
Original Publish Date: Feb 02, 2010
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (5.75 hours)
Product Number: Z100092164
Released: Apr 05, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780061953637
Narrator/s: Coleen Marlo
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Description

Shadow Tag is a stunning tour-de-force from Louise Erdrich, the bestselling author of The Plague of Doves and National Book Award-winner The Round House. When Irene America discovers that her artist husband, Gil, has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, stashed securely in a safe-deposit box. There she records the truth about her life and marriage, while turning her Red DiaryA??hidden where Gil will find itA??into a manipulative charade. As Irene and Gil fight to keep up appearances for their three children, their home becomes a place of increasing violence and secrecy. And Irene drifts into alcoholism, moving ever closer to the ultimate destruction of a relationship filled with shadowy need and strange ironies. Alternating between Irene's twin journals and an unflinching third-person narrative, Louise Erdrich's Shadow Tag fearlessly explores the complex nature of love, the fluid boundaries of identity, and the anatomy of one family's struggle for survival and redemption.

Professional reviews

"Senseless destruction is horrifying to watch. It makes sense, then, that this audiobook is horrifying to hear--horrifying yet irresistible. Uncomfortable scenes replay themselves as Irene's marriage to the brilliant, troubled artist Gil twists itself into a tortured stranglehold. The two go to extremes to make each other unhappy--Irene even pens cruel diary entries, knowing that Gil will read them--and yet they remain truly bound by marriage. Coleen Marlo nimbly captures each tormented character's voice and even portrays the suffering of the children with heartbreaking authenticity. The profound selfishness of the couple makes them difficult to like, but the beauty of Erdrich's writing and the precise neutrality of Marlo's narration make the family wreckage something that can't be ignored. L.B.F. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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