Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2017
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062694058
Characteristics: 269 p. ; 24 cm

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laphampeak
Nov 26, 2017

Ha! I'm selective in the dystopian novel I select. This one was masterfully written with wit, humor, and contemplative narrative. An interesting and engaging platform to add themes of adoption, individual rights, freedom, betrayal. I think this one of my top Erdrich books. A must!

PimaLib_MaryG Nov 21, 2017

I have been waiting for this list since its publication was announced last Spring. And it did not disappoint. In this tale reminiscent of "Children of Men" and "The Handmaid's Tale", Erdrich gives us a fresh perspective on a dystopian future. In the not so distant future as society is falling apart, Cedar Songmaker (that's her white, hippie name; her Indian name is Mary Potts) finds that she is pregnant at about the same time that she receives a letter from her birth mother. Evolution seems to be going through some kind of reversal, yet Cedar has faith that her child will be alright. Her situation becomes increasingly precarious as the government starts rounding up pregnant women. Nobody knows what becomes of the women or their babies.

Nicr Oct 16, 2017

Handmaid's Tale-like dystopian nightmare, this one taking place at the very beginning of the disruption to society as it was becoming known. The cable networks have been seized, evangelical movements are on the rise, food and gas are scarce, pregnant women are being rounded up and incarcerated--and the narrator is pregnant. Lags slightly on the reservation, but overall a propulsive, harrowing read.

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IanS_Librarian
Sep 19, 2017

As a Minnesotan I am embarrassed that it is the first book by this wonderful author I have read. As a Roman Catholic and adoptive father, I am appreciative that Erdrich has tackled these issues and more in this piece of innovative dystopian fiction.

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anneholmquist
Dec 04, 2017

Postapocalyptic, women can't get pregnant or have enhanced (mutated) children,. Fertile women are held in prison until birth. Theocracy which keeps only "normal" children, which ar farmed out at birth. Indian woman with normal child in utero tells story to mbryo, then child is taken away.

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