New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's dark blue cloth over slate paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
"Society is like this card game here, cousin. We got dealt our hand before we were even born, and as we grow we have to play as best as we can." Stated first edition of Louise Erdrich's first novel, the first volume of her highly acclaimed "Native American" trilogy, signed by her on the half-title. The novel interweaves a series of episodic short stories that follow three generations of two Ojibwe families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. Erdrich's ability to imbue socio-political subjects such as domestic abuse, substance abuse, and oppressive policies toward Native American populations with lyricism, compassion, and a poignant vitality garnered her critical praise and numerous awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1984. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Most minor edgewear to unclipped dust jacket, else fine. Item #2073