“In this year of feminist dystopia, even Louise Erdrich is imagining the end of the world. For her vivid and suspenseful new novel Future Home of the Living God she borrows from science fiction to write about pregnancy and the control of women’s bodies. She also touches in a new way on the themes that make her fiction powerful: What strength do families have to heal life’s wounds? Who do children belong to?”
Erdrich handles science fiction remarkably well, though she leaves a few plot threads hanging. My review appears in the fall issue of Ms. magazine.