'This novel is the work of a poet. The many voices are distinct, rhythmical and poignant … ‘The Master Butchers Singing Club’ is the kind of story that goes a long way toward explaining the American Dream, its disasters and its triumphs. Louise Erdrich, with the combined blood of the Cree Indians and a man who fought for Germany, gives us a big novel that echoes the land of her birth' Bonnie Greer, Independent
‘A big novel, teeming with life and vivid characters … Erdrich writes with exuberant urgency, warmth, generosity and a fluid, sensuous lyricism. Wonderful set pieces, sharp dialogue and rich images collude to allow a narrative that is determinedly earthbound soar and glide like a leaf on the wind' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
‘A substantial, beautifully composed, confident work of art … Erdrich tells Fidelis’s story and that of his comic, shrewd, erotic lover Delphine with old-fashioned assurance and a light, witty touch. The result is both expansive in its reach and intimate in its intense focus’ Oprah Magazine
‘Erdrich's new novel is a master work … It's a page-turner for thinking readers, the kind of book that'll make you late for work and keep you up all night' Minneapolis Star-Tribune
'The Master Butchers Singing Club can surely be cast as the most wrenching and wise of Erdrich's nine novels' Miami Herald
From National Book Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Louise Erdrich, a profound and enchanting new novel: a richly imagined world “where butchers sing like angels.”
Having survived World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher's precious knife set, Fidelis sets out for America. In Argus, North Dakota, he builds a business, a home for his family—which includes Eva and four sons—and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town. When the Old World meets the New—in the person of Delphine Watzka—the great adventure of Fidelis's life begins. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted. She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine's life, and the trajectory of this brilliant novel.