A beautifully repackaged reissue of Erdrich's magical novel. On a cold spring morning in 1932, two children, Karl and Mary Adare, leap from a boxcar. Orphaned in a most peculiar way, Karl and Mary have come to Argus, in the heart of rural North Dakota, to seek refuge with their aunt Fritzie. So begins an exhilarating tale, spanning some forty years and brimming with unforgettable characters: ordinary Mary, who causes a miracle; seductive, restless Karl, who lacks his sister'9291s gift for survival; Celestine James, Mary'9291s life-long friend; and Celestine'9291s fearless, wild daughter Dot - the Beet Queen.
'A perfect -- and perfectly wonderful -- novel' Anne Tyler'Violent, passionate, surprising... The Beet Queen imparts its freshness of vision like an electric shock.' Angela Carter'The range of her sympathy is astonishing... Erdrich shares with Faulkner the gift of transcending the mundane.' Paul Bailey, Observer'She is a writer of formidable strength and imagination, and she presents the fruits of both in a prose of flexible, haunting beauty.' Bernard Levin, Sunday Times'A novel rich in movement, beauty, event. Her prose spins and sparkles, and dances right on the heart.' Los Angeles Times'A remarkable and luminous novel' New York Times