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Four Souls by Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich's Four Souls begins where her earlier novel Tracks ends. Fleur Pillager, the end of a long line of Ojibwe medicine women, walks to Minneapolis with the sole purpose of killing the lumber baron, John James Mauser, who swindled her family out of her land and downed her cherished trees. She gets a job as laundress in his mansion, but she finds she can't kill him because he's too ill from poison gas he ingested during World War I. Fleur, who has taken her mother's name of Four Souls, decides she must nurse him back to health before she can kill him. At the same time, the Ojibwe storyteller, John James Mauser decides to seek revenge on his long-time nemesis and competitor for his wife's affections, with almost distastrous results. Louise Erdrich has fashioned another of her novels set in the Ojibwe community to explore the universal futility of revenge. Four Souls has received positive reviews with the Houston Chronicle saying, "Four Souls is that rare accomplishment, a great story well told."