by Louise Erdich
Fleur Pillager takes her motherís tribal name, Four Souls, to give her strength in her mission to avenge John James Hauser, the man who had robbed her family of their land and trees.
Fleur, a Native American from the Ojibwe tribe, is a powerful, complex and unpredictable character who, at the outset of the story, is trekking across the wilds of North Dakota, pushing her cart, living on roots, mud hens, snared muskrats and the occasional strangled dog. Within a year she had become a stylish and fashionable lady of the manor.
Seeking revenge, she finds her prey so pathetically weak and vulnerable, she sets about healing him in order to destroy him in good condition and get back what is rightfully hers.
Transformation is a theme of this remarkable novel and is evident in the distinctive voices of the three fascinating narrators. Fleurís story is told from the points of view of Nanapush, her adoptive father and tribal elder; Polly Elizabeth, Hauserís sister-in-law and housekeeper; and Nanapushís wife, Margaret.
FOUR SOULS is a wonderfully rich and surprising novel, written in a language that is effortlessly poetic and lyrical, and it is at times very funny indeed.