The antelope wife combines native mysticism and legend with the multi generational stories of the roy and shawano families linked by one woman she will bring their destinies full circle written in lyrical prose and infused with haunting imagery the story alternates between grief and acceptance with a rare glimpse of joy. In the antelope wife the role of narrator passes not only from one character to another but at times to an omniscient storyteller whatever the case the distinct voice attributed to each vividly drawn character never ceased to amaze me i plan to reread the antelope wife it is a tale that richly told. Erdrichs novel the antelope wife makes a leap of style incorporating deep history from a scene similar to nineteenth century ojibwe clashes with the united states army with a mythic child who . The antelope wife is an intricate and compelling text full of humor and tragedy however it is not a novel for the casual reader it features several characters some of whom are wholly or partially animal and points of view all recreated by one person cally. The antelope wife is a captivating jigsaw puzzle of longing and loss whose pieces form an unforgettable image of contemporary native american life people magazine an extraordinarily powerful book beautifully rendered in her singular voice it features characters as rich and complex as any in contemporary fiction
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