THE NIGHT WATCHMAN: A NOVEL BY LOUISE ERDRICH
Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill in the United States Congress. It is 1953 and he and the other council members know the bill isn’t about freedom; it is a “termination” that threatens the rights of Native Americans to their land and their very identity.
Since graduating high school, Pixie Paranteau has insisted that everyone call her Patrice. She works at the plant in a job that pays barely enough to support her mother and younger brother. Determined to find her beloved older sister, Vera, and her child who have disappeared, Patrice makes a fateful trip to Minneapolis that introduces her to unexpected forms of explotation and violence that endanger her life.
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., The Night Watchman is a majestic work of fiction from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.
softcover, 464 pages