A beautiful, disturbing masterpiece! A welcome break from her usual stories, yet still full of insightful perceptions and wonderful prose which takes the reader to a different level. Neither of the main characters are sympathetic or endearing but her portrayal of the children (and of course the dogs) is both moving and heartwrenching. This is a very sad and somewhat morbid tale, yet as always Erdrich draws you into their world and makes you an integral part of the catastrophe that is their marriage. I couldn't decide who I despised more, the abusive, self-indulgent husband or the drunken, pathetic, cruel wife but I couldn't put it down and in spite of everything which had gone before, I found myself stunned and shocked by her ending.
If you like really first class writing and excellent storytelling, you can't help but be impressed by this novel.