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Future Home of the Living God

af Louise Erdrich

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event. The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby's origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe. A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.… (mere)
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It seems reactions to this book are all over the place. To me, the accomplished writing and layers of meaning coalesced in exceptional storytelling and character portrayal, keeping me engrossed which occurs infrequently. I would equate the story to one of humankind's all to obvious self-inflicted diminishment, with maybe a hope of improvement in an evolutionary remake. In any case, it is a welcome departure in literary eco-fiction.

PS: This book impressed me in the realistic portrayal of the characters and their interactions, but there is another aspect of this story that annoyed me. Natural selection is a cumulative process so slow that change takes between tens of thousands to millions of years to complete, and there are overlapping natural selection processes in play that may affect outcomes. ( )
  LGCullens | Jun 1, 2021 |
A dystopian near future where evolution is reversing and human reproduction is extremely fraught, with handmaid's-tale-type implications for women. Cedar is pregnant, obsessed with the Incarnation, and seeking her place in her white adoptive family and her birth Ojibwe family. ( )
  GwenRino | Feb 19, 2021 |
Very easy to read and engaging and had a frustrating pseudo profundity.
And the vegan parents were eating cheese and butter all the time, which is not vegan. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
"Maybe God has decided that we are an idea not worth thinking anymore."

Future Home is a book to really dig into, and I think you could dig as deep as you want. On the surface it's an apocalyptic novel set in Minnesota in what feels like the not-too-distant future. Dig down another layer and you might find the story of Mary, the mother of a future christlike incarnation. Digging deeper, you could see a pattern of evolution - and devolution - not unrelated to the religious theme. And you can keep going.

It looks as though life as we know it is ending - or is it being re-created? Cedar Hawk Songmaker (birth name Mary Potts) is our Ojibwe heroine, and the novel is Cedar's journal to her unborn child. Despite an horrific situation and a dire struggle to carry her pregnancy to term, Cedar's journal is infused with love and beauty and hope. I loved the book, and it's still on my mind.

Around the world in 52 books challenge notes:
#2. A book by an author whose name doesn't contain the letters A, T or Y

Ultimate popsugar reading challenge notes:
#16. A book by an indigenous author ( )
  Linda_Louise | Jan 20, 2021 |
I love Erdrich's writing, but this was very different from all of her other books that I've read. It's a dystopic look at the "future" only the future is now. I'm still processing it. ( )
  3CatMom | Dec 28, 2020 |
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The funny thing about this not-very-good novel is that there are so many good small things in it. Erdrich is such a gifted and (when she wants to be) earthy writer; her sentences can flash with wit and feeling, sunbursts of her imagination.
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2017 Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event. The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby's origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe. A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

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