Tales of Burning Love

by Louise Erdrich

Hardcover, 1996




New York : HarperCollins, 1996


"A highway and snowy field just outside of Fargo, North Dakota, become an arena in which no encounter is meaningless, no event without echo, no simple hope impossible to realize. Stranded together in a blizzard, each of Jack Mauser's former wives tells the secret tale of burning love that will save her. Their stories repair wounded hearts as their revelations, both comic and painful, blast through the walls between them." "Jack Mauser is a big and passionate man. Though initially central to each woman's tale, during a long night of shared confidences he becomes peripheral to their feelings for one another. There is Eleanor - spoiled, sensual, brainy; Candice - both tougher and more vulnerable than she can admit, especially once she is faced with her attraction to another woman; Marlis - a single mother caught up in a cycle of conflicting wishes; and Dot - both true and desperate, Jack's last and fiercest wife."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)

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LibraryThing member bookishbunny
This was different from what I expected. I really enjoyed it. It was optisitic without the over-sentimentality into which so many 'relationship' based stories fall.
LibraryThing member llm822
Another great book by Louise Erdrich. Lots of storylines from previous books converge and are seen here from new perspectives. Love it!!
LibraryThing member DrFuriosa
This book is a slow burn but a fascinating entry into Erdrich's Love Medicine series. You will certainly want to read The Bingo Palace first, as this acts as a quasi-sequel. Like, the novel can stand alone, but it works best as a part of the Love Medicine saga that Erdrich has crafted. Jack
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Mauser's former wives all have much to say and they spin out their tales in the middle of a deadly blizzard. It's a simple concept that almost doesn't work at the beginning, but totally does at the end.
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LibraryThing member LibroLindsay
It took me a few years to read this book. It is not the punch-in-the-stomach Erdrich read as most other of her books. There are moments of brilliance, but it takes a bit of patience to get to each in this one. Still, she's one of the few writers that give me pause while reading to admire how much
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she fiercely loves her characters. Even if this isn't my favorite, Erdrich still has the main line to my soul.
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