Bingo Palace by Louise Erdrich

Bingo PalaceThis is much more meaningful when you have read the earlier books about this group of interconnected Indian families. In this book we learn that Lipsha, the failure, the boy of no character, is driven by love for Shawnee Ray, and that’s the cord that holds this story together. Even more than with Lipsha’s love for Shawnee Ray I grew to sympathize with his ties to his escape-artist father, Gerry. I found too many scenes contrived, not deriving from feeling, so I did not like this book as well as the earlier ones, but I think if you’ve read those it’s worthwhile to see how the characters and their relationships have developed. One of the earlier books showed a family tree of the characters and I think that would have helped.

Reviewed by Sara


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