The first book featured on Native Reads is called ‘The Future Home of the Living God’. I first found out about this book surprisingly in a mainstream fashion & beauty magazine, Marie Claire. An article at the very back of the December 2017 issue of Elle Magazine US, was an interview between Margaret Atwood and Louise Erdrich.
In the interview, Louise talked about her newest book, The Future Home of the Living God. As soon as I read that this book was about an Ojibwe woman that was 4 months pregnant, I knew this book had to be my next read. I had just finished a Native Read that left me longing for another great story that featured Indigenous characters that I can really relate too. Luckily, I read the article in Marie Claire a few weeks before Christmas, and had time to add it to my Christmas list that I sent to my father. Being the awesome father he is, he made sure to pick up a copy for me and have it wrapped up and ready to be opened on Christmas Eve. I started reading it that night when I went to bed, and read it every single night until I had finished it. Reading about a pregnant Anishnaabekwe character during my pregnancy has really been a great experience. I would most definitely still really enjoy this book if I wasn’t pregnant while reading it, but it has just made it a little more special in regards to being able to relate to the character more.
Without giving too much away, I’m going to share a bit about the plot and story line to help you determine whether this book/story suits your preference.
The book starts off in the setting of August in Minnesota. While the timeline of this book is set in the future, not much is different, in the sense that its not the typical futuristic vibe you get when you read a book or watch a movie that is set in the future. The vibe is as if its only a few decades ahead of where we are in real life right now, which I truly appreciated because it made the story feel a lot more relatable rather than the ‘flying cars’ & robots’ type of futuristic setting that most writers create when a story is taking place ahead of our time.
Cedar, an Anishnaabekwe, was adopted and raised by a white woman and white man. She never grew up around her people, culture or traditions. When the story starts, she is 4 months pregnant. This makes her eager to meet her birth Mom, so she takes the drive up to the reserve where her blood family lives. During Cedars travel up north to connect with her Anishnaabe roots, the world as we know it has started to change dramatically due to evolution coming to a halt. The government has created a new law that completely turns her world upside down due to this obscured occurrence of evolution coming to a stand still.
The book truly shows the power, strength and love a mother has for her unborn child, and the lengths she will go in order to protect that child. It also reminds us that the government will do what they want, when they want, even though it affects the lives of innocent people in a way that is unimaginable, just for their own benefit.
That’s all I’m going to give away about The Future Home of The Living God, Ive since finished reading this book, and personally was upset when I finished it simply because I thoroughly enjoyed it and never wanted the book to end.
About The Author:
Louise Erdrich is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indiians which is a band of the Anishinaabe.
She is the author of sixteen novels and also writes volumes of poetry, children’s books, short stories and a memoir of early Motherhood. She is also the owner of Birchbark Books which is a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis. Birchbark Books focuses on Native American literature and the Native community in the Twin Cities.
Louise lives in Minneapolis with her two daughters.
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Article From Elle Magazine: https://www.elle.com/culture/books/a13530871/future-home-of-the-living-god-louise-erdrich-interview/