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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.
Evolution has reversed itself: woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. For Cedar Hawk Songmaker, this change is profound and deeply personal: she is four months pregnant. As society begins to disintegrate, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation. There are rumors of martial law, and rewards for those who turn pregnant women in. It will take all Cedar has to keep her baby safe.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062694058
0062694057
Call Number: F ERDRICH
Characteristics: 269 pages ; 24 cm

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Evolution begins to reverse itself, and science is helpless as women begin to give birth to infants from our throwback species. The adopted Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who is four months pregnant, seeks out her Ojibwe birth mother to learn and understand both her and her baby’s origins as society begin... Read More »

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.
Evolution has reversed itself: wom... Read More »


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Joynlit
Jun 16, 2021

This read was part of a buddy read in an on-line reading groups (thank you SarahKat). I'm glad I pushed myself out of my box to read sci-fi/dystopian. A book by Louise Erdrich made it easier to do. It's hard to read outside of your 'normal' favorites but she made it bearable with her style of writing. The story talks abouts pregnant women having babies that are 'originals or regulars' and the end of mankind. The book cover is clever-it's a picture of a sonogram and lines up with the story. Throughout the story the narrator (Cedar/MC) drop clues about how close to the end things are by getting excited and teary eyed over cheese and crackers. Yep, that's the kind of story this was. The unreliable narration kept me coming back to see what the heck is going on, what are they talking about and how is this going to play out. I think my favorite character is the Superpumper. Thank you Louise Erdrich for your words!

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bonster1026
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.

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nk00300
Jan 03, 2021

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

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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.

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theviolet41
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.

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maipenrai
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.

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mynovelesquelife
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.  

RATING: 3.5 STARS
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***

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WoodneathKristie
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.

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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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