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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 : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062694058
Branch Call Number: FIC ERDRICH 2017
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 24 cm


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Born on an Ojibwe reservation and adopted by a couple who prioritized a connection to her tribal roots, Cedar is 26, single, pregnant—and living in a dystopian near-future in which evolution appears to be reversing. On the run from oppressive authorities who want her unborn child, Cedar must deci... Read More »

A moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

In a future American police state in which evolution starts moving in reverse, adopted Ceder Hawk Songmaker hides from authorities to protect her unborn child as she seeks her birth family for answers.

“Future Home of the Living God explores the possibility of evolution reversing and is told from the perspective of a pregnant woman who is writing a journal to her unborn child. Along the way we meet her adoptive parents, her birth mother, and she reports on society unraveling and detaining pregn... Read More »

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Apr 24, 2021

Rare to read a book twice, but this from the magical mind and very serious heart of a true teller of tales, this deserves multiple readings. Hard to believe I met Erdrich in a telephone interview when THEY were married, with children and untold stories. That is more than forty years ago. Her first story had been nationally recognized. There is always something new to learn from Louise Erdrich.

Jan 03, 2021

I really enjoyed this book despite some rather negative comments from other reviewers.

Michael D Kurtz
Aug 03, 2020

A very disappointing book. The premise of reverse evolution was intriguing but barely explored. The principal character was self absorbed and sorely lacking in compassion, curiosity and even intelligence. The characters aground her were more interesting but they were used and discarded like empty candy wrappers. And the book ends halfway through the story. A good book to skip.

Jun 14, 2020

I read this, but honestly did not enjoy it
It falls into the "unreliable narrator trope. There's a good premise to the story; the vagueness of evolution reversing, but nothing is fleshed out because our narrator doesn't know or doesn't care to say. It leaves the setting of the story completely shallow, because things just happen to our narrator and we don't know why. The story spends way too much time on her apartment and hospital, that the ending feels abrupt and extremely lacking. We're built up with the idea that our narrator has this special baby, but she has it within 5 pages of the book ending and nothing happens.... its a big letdown. You learn nothing about the world, nothing about her special baby, nothing about the science, or the religion, of it all. Its like the author had another half to the storyline but never wrote it.

Feb 21, 2020

I love Louise Erdrich - she wrote on of my all time favorite books: Love Medicine. I hate dystopian Fiction. Kristi & Abby Tabby

LPL_ShirleyB Feb 19, 2020

I haven't read this yet, but a friend noted this is a serious, dystopian read!
My friend also pointed out this book has a local connection!
Erdrich writes of Custer's horse, Comanche. Comanche is on display inside KU's Natural History Museum. See page 88 of the hardcover first edition.

OPL_AnnaW Dec 20, 2019

If you're a fan of The Handmaid's Tale, this book is for you. The climate is becoming increasingly unstable, evolution seems to be moving backwards, and government mass surveillance is increasing. At the center of this is our narrator, a pregnant Native woman negotiating relationships with her family and culture, fighting to protect her unborn child.

Jun 17, 2019

This weekend I finished two novels written by two authors I have been wanting to try for a long while.  Every time I read a synopsis to a Louise Erdrich's book, I want to (and often do) add it to my to-read shelf.  Her books sound so interesting and given all the accolades, they must be well-written.  I even asked to review Erdrich's latest book, Future Home of the Living God, from the publisher. I hadn't yet had time to download it to my Kindle, but when I was at the library on Saturday I saw that it was a 7-day loan, and grabbed it.  The book gods must want me to read it now. Who can deny the book gods?  And, amazingly I did start it Saturday and finished it late on Sunday afternoon.  

After reading a few of Tasha Alexander and Deanna Raybourn's historical/romantic mysteries, I kept seeing Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series being recommend to me.  I liked the summary and added that to my list.  After a several books, Willig released a few standalone historical fiction.  When I saw her newest novel, The English Wife was a gothic mystery, I was down to read and review this.  I got my crap together and actually sent it to my kindle! I ended up giving both novels the same rating.  

2017; Harper/HarperCollins Canada

I did not read the synopsis to this novel and just started in. A few chapters in I realize this is a dystopian novel. I don't read a lot of dystopia. I try to be cool and read them, but often I lose interest. Yet, The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood) is one that blew me away with each reading. So I kept a positive vibe, and I enjoyed this one. Erdrich is a great writer. I was hooked with the characters and to see where they would go. The story was intriguing (and scary af) but I kind of felt like I was lost in some parts. I think that was more because of the diary format or me, lol. I am looking forward to my next Erdrich novel!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Mar 25, 2019

Future Home paints a gripping picture of a society ravaged by climatological and sociological crisis. Moving back and forth between the banality of upper-middle class suburban Minneapolis and the unique pacing of daily reservation life in remote northern Minnesota, the story uses contrast to underscore how people struggle to adapt when the extraordinary becomes the ordinary. Future home is less of a statement, and more of a question, and is best enjoyed if read in that light.

Banks_SusanC Oct 23, 2018

This novel has lots of compelling, appealing characters. The plot is a little out there, and the ending is not what we've come to expect from these types of stories. But, all-in-all, the book is thought-provoking and entertaining.

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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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