Book Review

SHADOW TAG by Louise Erdrich

Rating: 4 / 5

I have read a few books by Louise Erdrich and have really enjoyed her writing, so when I spotted SHADOW TAG on a bargain shelf at my used bookstore, I grabbed it up without knowing anything about it.

SHADOW TAG is about a marriage in trouble and a broken family. Gil is an artist and his love for his wife has grown into an obsession over painting her. Irene is a writer who learns that her husband is reading her journals so she puts her craft to work giving him a different account of her life. It becomes a game between them, what each knows about what the other is doing, but one with bitter consequences.

It has been said that this book is really based off of the author’s own experiences in her marriage and that makes it even more of a heartbreaking read. Neither Gil nor Irene was particularly sympathetic for me, but I did still feel for the situation they are both in, full of unhappiness but not quite ready to fully walk away.

This was a very different read compared to the rest of what I have read from this author, but the writing really pulled me into the story, waiting to see what would happen next. I definitely will be picking up more from Louis Erdrich in the future.

Reading challenges:

#PopsugarReadingChallenge – a book by an indigenous author

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