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Critical Praise

"A thoughtful, artful, painfully moving addition to an ongoing American saga .. unimaginably rich."

——Kirkus Reviews

"A superb novel...With its lush prose, jolts of wisdom and historical sweep, this story is as rich and resonant as any Erdrich has told."

——Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Not since Ricard Russo’s 2001 novel Empire Falls ... have I enjoyed the company of such memorable characters."

——Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today

"Appropriately grim and thoughtful, The Master Butchers Singing Club is also full of tenderness and life … Marvelous."

——Entertainment Weekly

"The Master Butchers Singing Club reveals on of our finest writers at the peak of her considerable powers."

——Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Satisfying and life-affirming."

——Atlantic Monthly

"Grand and generous fiction… Erdrich’s most sweeping and ambitious yet."


"An enrapturing plunge into the depths of the human heart."

——Washington Post Book World

"Each moment and its particulars dazzles … Fidelis and firm-bellied Delphine and the rest [of the characters] are masterworks."

——San Francisco Chronicle

"The Master Butchers Singing Club can surely be cast as the most wrenching and wise of Erdrich’s nine novels."

——Miami Herald

"Emotionally resonant."

——Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Miraculous …[Erdrich is] at the peak of powers as a writer … Her work is as melodious as ever."

——Boston Globe

"A substantial, beautifully composed, confident work of art … both expansive in its reach and intimate in its intense focus."

——O magazine

"[A] masterpiece… Erdrich never hits a false note."

——Pittsburgh Post-Gazette