The Master Butchers Singing Club: A Novel (Paperback)

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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.

Praise For…


“A substantial, beautifully composed, confident work of art … both expansive in its reach and intimate in its intense focus.”

“An enrapturing plunge into the depths of the human heart.”

“[A] magnificent tale...poignant in the mysteries it evokes and patient with the questions it leaves unanswered.”

“Miraculous …[Erdrich is] at the peak of powers as a writer … Her work is as melodious as ever.”

“Emotionally resonant.”

“[A] masterpiece… Erdrich never hits a false note.”

“Louise Erdrich’s rousing and radiant new novel THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB is all kinds of lovely.”

“Each moment and its particulars dazzles … Fidelis and firm-bellied Delphine and the rest [of the characters] are masterworks.”

“THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB can surely be cast as the most wrenching and wise of Erdrich’s nine novels.”

“A brilliantly layered look at war’s costs …Daring, graceful, comprehending and, rooted in the great plains, uniquely American.”

“The Master Butchers Singing Club reveals on of our finest writers at the peak of her considerable powers.”

“Rich and vibrant …Magnificent.”

“Lush and stark … employing vivid imagery, deft description and dialogue that flows … Stunning language.”

“Not since Ricard Russo’s 2001 novel EMPIRE FALLS ... have I enjoyed the company of such memorable characters.”

“Louise Erdrich hits every note in THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB”

“Satisfying and life-affirming.”

“[THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB] is marked by moments of true creative genius, exquisitely imagined and masterfully drawn.”

“Erdrich is an abundantly gifted storyteller, with a penchant for meticulous detail and tremendous empathy for her characters.”

“Appropriately grim and thoughtful, THE MASTER BUTCHERS SINGING CLUB is also full of tenderness and life … Marvelous.”

“A thoughtful, artful, painfully moving addition to an ongoing American saga .. unimaginably rich.”

“Delphine, the book’s central figure, is Erdrich’s most finely wrought and compelling character.”

“Grand and generous fiction… Erdrich’s most sweeping and ambitious yet.”


Product Details
ISBN: 9780060837051
ISBN-10: 0060837055
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English