MAC'S BACKS BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES FUTURE HOME OF THE LIVING GOD
Mac's Backs Book Club discusses Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Evolution stops as mysteriously as it began. Pregnancy and childbearing quickly become issues of state security. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar, the adopted daughter of idealistic Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.
As Cedar travels north to find her Ojibwe family, ordinary life begins to disintegrate. Swelling panic creates warring government, corporate, and religious factions. In a mall parking lot, Cedar witnesses a pregnant woman wrenched from her family under a new law. As she evades capture, Cedar also experiences a fraught love with her baby's father, who tries to hide her.
An unexpected thriller from a writer of startling originality, Future Home of the Living God is also a moving meditation on female agency, love, self-determination, biology, and natural rights.
Louise Erdrich is the author of fifteen novels as well as volumes of poetry, children's books, short stories, and a memoir of early motherhood. Her novel The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction. The Plague of Doves won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her debut novel, Love Medicine, was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Erdrich has received the Library of Congress Prize in American Fiction, the prestigious PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. She lives in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore.
"A streamlined dystopian thriller...Erdrich's tense and lyrical new work of speculative fiction stands shoulder-to-braced-shoulder right alongside The Handmaid's Tale."--Maureen Corrigan, NPR's Fresh Air
"In this fast-paced novel, rapid and catastrophic changes to human reproduction make the survival of the race uncertain...Erdrich imagines an America in which winter is a casualty of climate change, borders are sealed, men are 'militantly insecure, ' and women's freedom is evaporating...Vivid...Compelling."-- New Yorker
We will meet at Hunan on Coventry, just down the street from the bookstore. The book is available at Mac's Backs or through our website, www.macsbacks.com, at the 20% book club discount.